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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The plot , the linear movement of characters from conflict to resolution , is a stable
element of the tradition , along with the patterns established by means of images
trapped in verbal cliches , the patterning of narrative actions , and also ...
This means of telling the story enables the performer to make plain what is only
implied in the other versions : the suggestion that the diametrically opposed
sisters actually represent the two contending sides of the same person , a
storyteller ' s ...
The roots become a means of communication between the couple . And when
the husband substitutes fake roots for real food , his relationship with his wife is
ruptured . The second and third parts of the tale also examine these husband -
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