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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When they saw what was happening , the men said , “ Well , we won ' t stay here !
" " This thing ' s getting closer ! " “ We ' re on our way , we must escape this thing !
" " You stay here with it yourself ! " “ A thing so terrible ! " “ A thing so big !
As they approached the homestead , the mouse said , “ Sikhuluma , consider this
. You ' ll be escorted to a beautiful house over there , a very attractive house . Don
' t agree to enter that house ! Say ' We don ' t stay in such a beautiful house .
I want you to stay here at home . There have never been many people at this
homestead , even when my mother and father were still alive . You must stay
here by yourself . You mustn ' t get into the habit of traveling around , going to all
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