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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Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. The frog traveled on , and as it did so it hobbled because of the
big person who was inside its stomach . It moved along . The frog traveled , and
I ' m not a frog , I ' m not a frog to be beaten ! I am a frog , But I ' m pregnant , I ' m
pregnant with Mvulazana , Her mother and father ' s daughter . ” The young man
stepped back , and said , “ Heee , this frog ! It ' s not a real frog . Did you hear ...
You called me to a house of frogs . " The other said , “ No , stop ! It ' s not a frog .
Well , yes , it is a frog , but I want you to hear something . I was startled too . But it
has said something that I want someone else to hear . Perhaps you ' ll know what