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 body of the storyteller is wholly involved in the performance With her body ,
Nongenile Masithathu Zenani explores the emotional depths of her story Bound
for work A girls ' dance " They journeyed a great distance . ” Her thumbs extended
An important part of the oral narrative experience is nonverbal ; this involves the
regular movement of the artist ' s body and the resulting harmonizing of the body
movements of the members of the audience , sometimes physical , always an ...
She took the head and wanted to throw the body . Then she stopped . She was
about to throw the head instead . But she stopped and was going to throw the
body and leave the head . She could not decide . In the end , she threw the body