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 wives did that : they locked the door , they mixed the mud , they plastered
and covered all the doorway . They completely covered it . There was pleted and
no wind could get into the house , he said , “ Have you finished ? " They said , “
Then he covered us; he busied himself around us, his penis cover bouncing as
he hurried about, dangling his penis ... He covered us so that we should be
inside the covering with him; he was hiding the bridal party from the groom's
She threw the child's cotton blanket, then carried the child who now had no
covering. The thing ate the child's blanket, and the young woman moved on a
little distance. Again, the head went around to the front and said, "Krwebede!