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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father then began to do those things to formalize this marriage arrangement , to
marry her properly , formally and truly . When she returned to her home of birth ,
many things were done . The father had told his wife , “ Prepare the marriage ...
It was said , “ Today , they ' ve put on the skin mantles for the dance , " to confirm
that this woman had truly married into this home : she was a woman of the
marriage dance . That bride had a skin mantle on her back , but she was covered
It was not too late for Nomanaso ' s marriage . There was still time . The young
woman was sent to another homestead . The people of the groom ' s home lay in
wait for her ; they had come to abduct her into marriage that day . So she was ...
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