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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In the meantime , will you find the medicine ? " The person said , “ First , come
with the ox . " The man went to his home . He explained to his wife what the man
had said : " He won ' t give me any medicine until I give him an ox because I
He told me to come and get the medicine that he asked for yesterday . " " All right
. ” The fellow rose and got the medicine . It consisted of four roots . He said , “
Now , Boy , tell your mother that she is to put two of these roots into the hearth .
The doctor asked , “ The medicine that is in a large tin - have you replenished that
water ? " The woman said , “ No , I ... Well then , " the doctor said , " well then ,
Daughter , if that is the way it is , then leave those medicines alone . I shall make
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