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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The girl , Mbulukazi , took a billycan . She said , “ Mbulu , please go and dip some
water for Mother . She works all the time , we mustn ' t let things go on in this way .
We must dip some water for her . And I want to cook some boiled corn so that ...
Then , the master of ceremonies came out of the door , and he took a strap , he
took a billycan , and sat in front of them . He squatted and put the billycan
between his thighs , then imitated the milk when it struck the can when a cow was
She pounded the medicine, she pounded it, she pounded, pounded that
medicine, and put it into a billycan. Then she put the stirrer in and churned the
mixture; it foamed up. Much foam came up. When she saw that the billycan was
full, she ...