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 we came out from the men and went to the women , this master of
ceremonies was abused by the women . We had left a shilling at the place where
I had been sitting in the kraal among the men . We carried another shilling ; this
When the women have gone in , the unmarried women go into the house where
they sleep - the same house occupied by the men , the house from which the
meat has come . The girls , the unmarried women , the married women will gather
and the women perform the same activities with their apportioned vessel of beer,
sitting according to the regions from which they have come. Each region dips a
billycan, then puts it down; each dips a billycan, and so on. The beer that comes ...
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