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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He could begin with the burning of the kraals — he had not been told what he
should begin with . He concluded that he must begin with the kraals , and he
would still have a place to sleep . If he burned the house first , he would have no
She early begins to know that , when she is given something , she should “ Take
it with both of your hands . " She is admonished when she takes it the wrong way
, and finally when it is said , In time , when the child is told , “ Bring me some ...
When this is completed , the roasting begins , and anyone present is allowed to
begin . All taste the meat . In the evening , a special meat is cooked . This meat is
cooked as something extra ; the fire has been revived . When this meat has been