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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As the bride - to - be moves to her home of marriage , the beast is a living symbol
of her connection with her home of birth . The beast cannot be destroyed ; no one
can take it from the young bride . It remains the token of her protection by the ...
Eventually , she recovered from the birth , and then she became a woman who
merely existed . She resigned herself and her heart to what had happened . Then
, after a long time , she regained her weight . When she had recovered her health
Vel ' ekhaya , whose name suggests that he was born at his mother ' s home of
birth rather than her home of marriage , is the son of his classificatory sister . This
story is a working out of that relationship , to avoid the scourge of incest .