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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But this child, Vel'ekhaya, who was older now, had something he wanted to say
about this matter of the young woman's suitors. He said, "My sister [that is, his
mother] cannot marry, because I am here! My sister must remain here at home.
turned out all right. But because of her sex [literally, "tying on a dress"], the issue
has developed complications. The child is shedding light on it. We're coming to
understand that this matter has its consequences. What I mean to say, Vel'ekhaya
Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. even though I have been over there in that house. Vel'ekhaya
does not want me to marry. And I can see what is concerning him. It is not that he
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