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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AFTER THE DANCE : STICK - FIGHTING Performance Note Time : 13 August
1972 , in the morning . ... Each boy carries three sticks — there is the stick for
defense , the stick for offense , and the stick for fighting in a random , free - for - all
You must hide this stick . You ' ll never see me again . You ' ll never see me again
. I ' ll never be with you again - so you must rely on this stick . ' ” When the child
remembered that , she went to the place where she had hidden the stick .
She took a stick , an extension of her hands , so that the noise would be even
louder , so that their chant could be heard more clearly . The stick supplemented
the clapping ; she beat the cowhide with the stick so that the volume of the
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