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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He said , “ No matter when I go to sleep , I dream the same thing . It really seems
that he is actually here . But he doesn ' t eat the meat . I experienced pain , even
though I was only dreaming that I was in pain . And I dreamed that it was said ...
But actually this boy was having labor pains . " What ' s the matter with you ,
twisting in pain like this ? Do you have a headache , Boy ? " " No , my hand is
throbbing with pain ! " " Oh ! " Time passed , and the father milked that day
because the ...
Now when he felt this pain , it was said , “ Let ' s go to that young man whose
chant was accompanied by the drumming of a cowhide . " “ Let ' s see ... A part of
that person ' s body was hurting him : he had chest pains , palpitations ,
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