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 mothers of the women were also slaughtered for . Time passed , the time of
the initiate , and beer was brewed . Now the initiate would have a coming - out
ceremony , an emergence - at - marriageable - age ceremony . As the beer was ...
He spoke again : “ I am not coming out of this circumcision lodge . I shall come
out when I can put on a cloak made of the skin of a water monster . Otherwise , I
am not coming out . " Someone asked , " What ' s that ? What is this about a water
He was looking around furtively . He ran then and disappeared in a cave . The
woman came away from the mountains , then went back another way . She
arrived , and when she got there she saw smoke coming from inside the cave .