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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When he had gone some distance , he turned " No , we ' re not going to touch it .
You can tie it up , if you wish . " " Mm ! " He fastened the bag to a post in the kraal ,
he tied it tightly . He tied it tightly , he tied it tightly , then he went . When he had ...
They turned their mantles inside out , they turned them inside out ; they turned
them so that the fur was on the inside , the fur of the mantles was next to their skin
- they did not wear them with the fur on the outside . “ Never have we seen such a
It ' s preferable that we turn to his mother , to find out what she thinks about his
turning these cattle around . " There was a pause . Then they turned to the senior
mother , and said , " Say something , Madam . We are about to adjudicate this ...
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