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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Don ' t tell her anything . " " All right . " " Child of my mother , I like you . I want you
to cook for me now ; make me some gruel . I slept well last night because I was
full . Nginingini , let your arms appear . " Her arms appeared . “ Nginingini , let ...
Don ' t take the children to that homestead because no one sleeps there . That
homestead is not to be entered . If we go there , the children will die . "
Sitshalotshalwana stood up . As he stood , the boys said , “ Yo ! At last , the “ My
friends , has ...
Don ' t agree to enter that house ! Say ' We don ' t stay in such a beautiful house . '
Tell them that you want to stay in a house in ... Say that you eat on leaky dishes ;
you don ' t want new ones . “ Now , during the time that you ' re over there , do ...