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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On a certain day , his mother spied on him . She said , “ There ' s something
wrong with this child . " Time passed that day for the mother . Time passed , and
when he took the cattle out to pasture that morning , his mother went out as well .
Mother ! Come and take it down ! " " Take it down yourself ! What is this , that your
things have to be taken down by me ? What are you carrying ? " “ I said , ' Mother
, come and take it down ! ' ” " Oh , this child is really naughty ! I ' m going to ...
Because her mother had been so deeply loved by her father , that mother had
never gone back to her home . Consequently , this child did not know the location
of her mother ' s parents ' place . Time passed ; a long time passed , and this child
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