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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Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. He went out with the livestock the next morning . He went to herd
. At midday , he took the cattle to drink , and when he returned he went to his child
So he took all the things necessary to the bridal party - bottles , he examined
them ; he took out some shells , necklaces , blankets , he took various kinds of
blankets ; and loaves of ochre . He put those things on his back , then went to
cross the ...
Then the daughter , without being sent , took a bucket and said , “ There ' s not
much water here , and the weather is hot . The sun is really hot ! " She spilled that
water outside , then took a vessel and went to the river , leaving her baby behind
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