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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When it got there , it brought out Mvulazana . She rolled out ! She rolled out - and
she was an older girl now , with breasts that had fallen . When she had
disappeared many years before , she had still been a girl , not yet experienced ,
But an animal would be brought for Nojikolo , the woman , because she did not
eat human flesh . They departed , they hunted , then they returned . They brought
an animal along for Nojikolo , saying , “ Here it is ! Here ' s your animal , Nojikolo
When the meat was brought in to the bridal party , the baboons rushed for it
because it had not yet been cooked , it was still raw . They said , " Oh !
Jojothwane , oh ! " And he said , “ No ! If you persist in doing that , I ' ll just go
outside and report ...