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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She must struggle with and overcome the raven side of herself - what it
symbolically represents — to do this . What protects Mbulukazi ... The raven and
the forces represented by the ubulunga beast are these two sides of her . When
Go to the upper side ; there ' s water on the upper side ! ' I pulled my stick up then
and went to the upper side and indeed found water there . I drank the water , and
, as I was getting up , I saw my dog coming toward me , wagging its tail at me .
He stepped heavily and went to the side of the kraal . When he got there , he
could no longer find the patch of cloth or the earth . He said , “ Yo ! Satan is alive .
He ' s active wherever he is ! " Sikhuluma , the king , was now well ; he was as he
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