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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Now he says that he wants you to go with him to the royal residence , so that he
can explain this matter of " surnames . " We don ' t know " surnames . " You must
go with him , then , and explain what this child is saying . You can fill in the gaps ...
"Well, I do it because of what my son has done. This is wearisome. I could see
what was happening when he summoned the assembly at home." The matter
was discussed. Then the youth was questioned again. It was said, "Young man,
As he was coming along , his wife said , “ What ' s the matter with this man today
? Why is he walking so slowly , doubled up like that ? " The boy appeared , and
he said , “ I don ' t know what ' s the matter with him . He ' s so doubled up !
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