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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She was troubled because her husband was going to marry another wife . She
thought about it , then decided that she should visit the home of her birth
regarding this matter . She should go home and recount the strange thing
suggested by ...
Tale 21 A MAN HIDES FOOD FROM HIS FAMILY Masithathu Zenani ' s Analysis :
Some roots , a cave , a pair of fantastic creatures , a miraculous flying rock , a
weak husband : How are these places , objects , and characters organized in an
They are mirrors of part one ; in a fantastic way , they explain the significance of
the husband ' s antisocial acts in part one . Things go well in the home until the
drought occurs , and it reveals the husband ' s flaw , his lack of responsibility .
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