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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I ' m going to the ochre pit , too . " “ And what are you going to do in the ochre pit ?
You ' ll only get tired ! It ' s so far to the pit . " “ No , I ' m coming along . I want to
see the ochre pit . " They beat the child . They took a whip and beat him . One of ...
I want to come along to see the ochre pit . " “ I ' m going to hurt you ! That ' s what '
s going to happen , I warn you . " So she said . Then she began to choke him .
She took her head covering and tied it around his neck and choked him ; she ...
What shall we do about this ? " They went to the ochre pit then and dug the ochre
. When they finished , they began their journey home . But Nomanaso had left an
earring behind . When she had gone into the pit , the earring had got loose from ...
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