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 meat of the goat ' s foreleg is taken , and someone orders that a fire be
kindled in the nursing mother ' s home . The fire is built , the meat is placed on a
mimosa branch , a mimosa that has been cut down and put in the kraal . After the
When the meat of the men has been cooked , if the women ' s meat is not yet
ready , the men say , “ Please go over there , Young man ! " A young man goes
over and says , “ I have been told , Mothers , to come and see if your meat is
When the meat was brought in to the bridal party , the baboons rushed for it
because it had not yet been cooked , it was still raw . They said , “ Oh !
Jojothwane , oh ! " And he said , “ No ! If you persist in doing that , I ' ll just go
outside and report ...
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