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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It consisted of four roots . He said , “ Now , Boy , tell your mother that she is to put
two of these roots into the hearth . When they ' re warm , they should be eaten -
swallowed . Tell her that these other two roots should be pounded , then put into
The roots make it possible for the people to move from a drought to a period of
sufficiency , even though the roots are a ... In this sense , the roots and the in -
laws ' food - real food , but it is not food from the man ' s homestead , and
therefore it ...
They eat roots . There ' s nothing , nothing at your home ! You sent me there for
nothing . I looked like a fool ! So I just went about , scavenging along the road . "
So saying , he threw the roots down , then brought the cattle into the kraal .
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