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 are swaggering , singing praises : “ The fellows will get what they want !
This is the coming confrontation ! It is a clear confrontation . The milk is in the sun
! " close - only close enough to be able to see what will happen . When the boys ...
... not run in the usual way . She did not have the ability to do so anymore
because she had become a cannibal - she ate people , while she herself was
also a person . When the aunt was fairly close to them , the younger girl said , “
Oh , she ...
People came out from all the ridges , on all sides , trying to close off the fords . "
An alarm has been raised at the royal residence ! " The king said , “ How could I
ever slaughter my ox for such an unworthy affair ? " Jojothwane went on his way