The World and the Word: Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition
A master storyteller of the Xhosa people of South Africa, Nongenile Masithathu Zenani gives us an unprecedented view of an oral society from within. Twenty-four of her complex and beautiful tales about birth, puberty, marriage, and work, as told to the renowned collector of African oral tradition, Harold Scheub, are gathered here. Accompanying the stories are Zenani’s detailed commentaries and analyses and Scheub’s striking photographs of her in performance. The combination of these historical and cultural observations with a richly symbolic collection of tales from a single traditional storyteller make The World and the Word a remarkable document.
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He had heard of a certain woman who had given birth to a child . He had heard
that this woman had been picked up in a garden , that she had no arms . He had
learned that , in the homestead where she had been found , she had become a ...
Then she heard something approaching the house . She heard it clearly ; she
heard a thing coming , a thumping sound . She got up ; she got a big knife that
was at the upper side of the house . She took the knife and went toward the door .
No , I heard that the pumpkin of the forest kills . I ' ve heard it said that it is deadly .
A certain woman ate it , and she died . I thought that this would happen in this
case as well . Obviously , that ' s not happening . What should we do ?
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