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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Well , the child must tell me what is doing these things here at home ! What is it ,
Nginingini , my child ? Why do you continue to refuse to tell me what it is that
does these things ? This is so beautiful ! Why do you hide it ? " “ I ' m telling you ...
Tell me who comes here when I ' m away from home . Who does these nice
things , my child ? Tell me . " " No , Mama , please leave me alone ! Please leave
me alone , I ' ll tell you . Just leave me alone , I ' ll tell you some time . " " Where
You ' re going to tell me today what has been going on here . This is the day ! You
must tell me ! " she said . “ I ' ll tell you nothing . You might as well kill me ! " " I ' m
going to call the men . " Her mother departed . She went to summon the men to ...
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