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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For those of us whose aunt does live over there , it is indeed the right road . " The
younger sister said , " Careful , Sister , careful ! This is not the right way . I told you
that the correct road was the other one , the one we were told to go on , the ...
The husband went to live in the great house with the wife who had given birth to
two daughters . He lived there now , and the dead wife ' s daughter lived in grief .
She was treated badly . She had no clothing ; when her garments were worn out
When the site has been established , the house constructed , the kraal built , the
people live in the homestead for a year . Then it becomes necessary that a goat
be slaughtered for the homestead . An announcement will be made : “ This ...
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