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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At dawn , a beast was slaughtered for the initiate . The beast of the ritualentry -
into - the - initiation - house was slaughtered ; then the beast of the second stage
of the ceremony , the wormwood stage , was killed . The mothers of the women ...
When the sister saw the hog , she said , " Well , we had better slaughter that hog .
I would die if I didn ' t taste the liver of that hog ! ... When the hog heard that it was
to be slaughtered , it went to an ox . It said to a heifer , “ Swallow this child !
A beast is therefore slaughtered , and they sit down and hastily eat the flesh of
that beast . They proceed carefully . It is said , “ A beast is being slaughtered " ;
this ritual is called , “ He is being turned over , " he is being offered something .
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