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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As the bride - to - be moves to her home of marriage , the beast is a living symbol
of her connection with her home of birth . The beast cannot be destroyed ; no one
can take it from the young bride . It remains the token of her protection by the ...
name is Vel ' ekhaya . But now you ' re arguing that your sister cannot marry , and
that argument I cannot accept , Child of my daughter . ... And , because you were
borne by her when she was not married , you are my child . Your sister got hurt ...
Beyond the thickets were peach trees that we came to realize were a part of the
orchard of my homestead of marriage ; my ... The young married woman casually
hopped around in her response because such comments are a Xhosa custom .
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