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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THE INITIATES ' DANCE Performance Note Time : 13 August 1972 , in the
morning . ... The strap should be big enough to fit the particular initiate . ... The
mother of an initiate dares not go to where the initiate is , according to Xhosa
That man will be selected , and an oil will be produced with which he will be told
to anoint the initiates . At sunrise , when the ... 4 The initiates will therefore move
on without looking back , journeying to the home of the chief initiate . When they ...
This is not initiation , It ' s just a little wound ! " 8 The ... Time passed , and that
initiate was cared for ; that initiate was cared for . ... Now the initiate would have a
coming - out ceremony , an emergence - at - marriageable - age ceremony . As
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