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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She lit a fire , then heated the concoction . She threw it into the pool ; when it was
hot she threw it into this pool . The elands came out ; they came out . She seized
one of the elands and said , " Gather some firewood . We ' ll roast this eland .
A fire would be kindled with this wood as soon as the bridal party entered the
house . And they would want to make a fire in the morning , too . On the day of
their arrival , the fire was built as soon as they got there . A woman from the
groom ' s ...
Then it was removed from the fire . " What shall we do now ? There are no dishes
for distributing it . " “ What shall we do ? " “ What shall we do now ? We must find
some way to do it . " So said the great wife of this homestead , the one who had ...