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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What kind of frog is this ? " “ Was there ever such a big frog ? " “ It ' s as big as a
house ! " “ This is the kind of creature that just begs to be beaten ! " The boys
unfastened their fighting sticks , preparing to beat the frog . When they were
about to ...
The gifts associated with medicine are not all the same . One person may be able
only to examine patients . That doctor cannot divine ; all he can do is examine .
And there are various kinds of such doctors . There is another kind of doctor who
A NEW KIND OF DOCTOR Performance Note Time : 11 August 1972 , in the
afternoon . Place : In Mrs . Zenani ' s home , in Nkanga , Gatyana District , the
Transkei . Audience : Four women and three children . ( NS - 149 . ) Something
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