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 , “ My sister ( that is , his mother ) cannot marry , because I am here ! My
sister must remain here at home . ” The girl ' s father said , “ Vel ' ekhaya , how
can you say that your sister should not get married because of your presence
But now you ' re arguing that your sister cannot marry , and that argument I
cannot accept , Child of my daughter . " Then Vel ' ekhaya said , “ No ,
Grandfather , I didn ' t know that you would ever agree that my sister should marry
. I say that she ...
In the meantime , the brother - in - law began to have a certain feeling as he
stayed there at home with his sister - in - law , the sister of his wife . He began to
experience a disturbance of the spirit . So he approached his sister - in - law with
a bit ...
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