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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The breasts of the nursing mother are then drained onto bark that has been taken
from a mimosa tree . When that has been done , the soil is taken and kneaded
into that bark . Cooked porridge is then taken ; it is to be eaten by the young ...
The meat of the goat ' s foreleg is taken , and someone orders that a fire be
kindled in the nursing mother ' s home . The fire is built , the meat is placed on a
mimosa branch , a mimosa that has been cut down and put in the kraal . After the
Now the gelding of a goat must be taken , so that the real marriage can take
place . " " Oh ! " and the visitors agreed . They sat down again . 5 The next
morning , the goat was taken and slaughtered . They took an old milking bucket
and the ...
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