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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They grasped him , and when this thing spoke the old men again turned and
went behind Malejese , their noses running because of their fear . They saw that
it was their turn now because the stock was finished . The thing repeated , “
There is no story like it : a thing that turned out to be a fire , a forest , a cliff , that
suddenly appeared behind me . I had made a mistake . My wife had told me that I
should travel by the lower road , but I forgot and traveled on the upper one .
So this thing turned around . Its back was toward her . The woman watched
carefully . The thing said , “ I say , give me those roots . " The woman walked
slowly , and she said , " Yes , I ' ll give you the roots when you ask me for them ,
when you ...
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