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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They traveled, carrying black sticks that were given particular names to
distinguish them from other sticks. It was said that the men were carrying sticks for
the purpose of doing something special, for carrying out the business of their
"He's carrying something. But I don't know what it is. He's carrying something on
his shoulder. Maybe he's bringing some corn." His mother said, "Mhm! I wonder
where he got them from, my child?" They sat in hope, constantly looking out at
Krwebede ! Krwebede ! Nomanaso ! Krwebede ! My daughter ! " The child did not
know what she was supposed to do . She took the dish that was on top of the
load that she was carrying , and she threw it to the head . The head ate the dish .
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