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 gave the medicine that remained to his mother . " But why did he prepare
such a small amount of medicine ? " " Well , I don ' t know ! This is what he gave
me . He said that you should put it into the hearth , and then drink it . " So the
All that remained of her was bones . The dogs gnawed the bones but did not
break them . A dog took one of her breasts and ate it . It wrenched the breast
whole from her body ! It took one buttock and went to eat it over there . Another
dog took ...
Nomanaso remained in her homestead by marriage in great happiness . She
was so happy , in fact , that she remained there a full year and did not miss her
home of birth . The second year came , and still she did not miss her home .
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