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 go to the young men ' s dance with the women friends they used to take to
boys ' dances when they were younger . But now they have graduated , along
with their woman friends . The young women had cut their own hair , and now the
The young women stay together in the upper part of the house , away from the
door . ... Then they bring sticks that have been decorated with beads ; the young
man is given this fine stick by the woman with whom he has an understanding ...
Say , Young woman . Can you give us some tobacco ? " “ I don ' t have any " — if
she did not have any tobacco . If she did have some , then she produced it and
gave it to them . These young men came close and asked , “ Where are you from
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