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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Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. 178 201 . 9 . A Girl Is Kidnapped 10 . The Two Nieces 11 . A Girl
Cuts Off a Man ' s Ear 12 . Sikhuluma , The Boy Who Did Not Speak 13 . The Boy
During a period of two years, from 1968 to 1969, and again from 1972 to 1973, I
worked with Mrs. Zenani, taping and filming her repertory of imaginative tales,
along with autobiographical and ethnographic material, identified here as ...
MASITHATHU ZENANI ON STORYTELLING Storytelling , said Masithathu Zenani
, is a sensory union of image and idea , a process of recreating the past in terms
of the present ; the storyteller uses realistic images to limn the present , and ...