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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So time passed , time passed , and the house of the royal residence gradually
lost some of its members , one after the other dying in this royal place . Now this
king had a son of whom he was very fond . Because of his intelligence , this son ...
Time passed . Time passed at their homes . After a month had gone by , during
the second month after they had returned , the king ' s daughter again brought the
girls together . “ Let ' s just go out there and inspect those gardens . Let ' s go ...
Time passed ; time passed then . The girl cried as the cannibals took her home to
their kraal . As they returned , all of the monsters were staking claims to this girl ,
thinking that she would be slaughtered . One of them said , “ I get a foreleg ...
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