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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But this became a habitual thing with her father : he would be sitting with the child
; he would look at her , he would look at her and cry . Time passed , and the
father ' s conduct caused the child great anxietyhis staring at her , his tears .
So the father wanted to go and see this wonderful affair . The boy ' s father went
then , along with some men from his homestead . They walked over there : they
slept , they got up , and finally they arrived there on the day of the circumcision ...
Because of his intelligence , this son was trusted by his father , and he was also
relied on by those who were of this house because he did not go against his
father ' s will . This son profoundly loved the old men of his father . He would often