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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I just wanted someone to be here in the homestead , someone to help with the
work . Your child has to be put on your back , you can ' t even do that by yourself .
That child must be taken from your back by someone ; you can ' t do these things
After a long time , someone got up . Nomanaso heard him say , “ All right ,
Friends , Honored Assembly ! We are all present now . We must get on with our
business , because the first cocks will crow soon . If we don ' t hurry with our
He forgot about marrying someone else because of his wife ' s barrenness . So it
was that this wife lived with her husband now , and they made each other happy .
She was a nursing mother , and her child grew up . When he had grown up , he ...
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