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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A man once said to his wife , “ Wife , the fields are not yielding much . I think that I
should take another wife . She can be the right - hand house , the wife of the right
- hand house . " 28 His wife said , “ I am opposed to a second wife in this ...
in the older wife ' s home , and not in her own . She delivered it right there at her
husband ' s wife ' s house , and her first child was a man child . " What a good
thing ! " said the older wife . “ Today , I have gotten a son . " It was all very
TALES Tale 19 THE JEALOUS CO - WIFE Masithathu Zenani ' s Analysis : The
conflict in this story has to do with jealousy , of one co - wife for another . The
pattern has to do with the repeated efforts of the senior wife to kill the junior wife .
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