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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Krwebede ! Krwebede ! Nomanaso ! Krwebede ! My daughter ! " The child did not
know what she was supposed to do . She took the dish that was on top of the
load that she was carrying , and she threw it to the head . The head ate the dish .
I wonder what I should krwebede ? " She threw the child ' s cotton blanket , then
carried the child who now had no covering . The thing ate the child ' s blanket ,
and the young woman moved on a little distance . Again , the head went around
Oh , what will I krwebede ? " It said , “ I said , Krwebede , Truly ! Krwebede , Now !
" The mother ripped off the leg of her child and threw it . The head ate the leg ,
and the mother traveled on for a brief time . Again , it cut across in front of her and