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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What protects Mbulukazi from the death - dealing parts of her world and that part
of her character represented by the ravens is the chain that links gods , ancestors
, doves , imbulu skins , and the ubulunga beast . When , in part two , Mbulukazi ...
As the bridal parties arrived , Mbulukazi was driving the beast of the bridal party ;
16 she was driving the beast of the bride17 — these beasts were two . ( And the
raven - bride was driving no such beasts . ) Mbulukazi was also carrying the ...
The chief ' s wife was pleased because of her little beast . She went around ,
saying , “ Little beast of miiiiine ! Little beast of mine ! Little beast of miiine ! Little
beast of the chief ' s wife Nojikolo ! " made a bed for him , a bed fashioned from