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 walked and walked , going to a distant land . The sun set . The sun set , and
when the day had again dawned , they were still traveling . They had walked all
night , and on the next day they continued to travel , again walking until the sun ...
They walked sorrowfully — the ninth boy had died , and they journeyed on . Then
the tenth boy died . Only the two of them remained now , Sikhuluma and
Sitshalotshalwana . Sikhuluma and his little brother remained . They walked on .
He walked behind his dog ; he journeyed with that dog . The sun set . He slept ,
tired . The dog slept at his side . At dawn , he trekked on with his dog . He walked
and walked ; he walked all day . The sun set , and he slept . The dog slept at his ...
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