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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Then , during the sixth month , she gave birth . That other wife , the first one , was
still pregnant . Now when this second wife gave birth , she bore birds ! Five ring -
necked ravens ! This husband went to that house then ; he went to live with that ...
The stranger gave him medicine that was composed of two roots ; the woman
was to take this medicine . The roots were put into the hearth , and , when she
removed them from the hearth , she chewed and swallowed them . She pounded
You gave me a name that reflected my situation at birth : your daughter had a
child while she was unmarried . Grandfather , you yourself said that I am Vel '
ekhaya . " “ Yes , my child , I did say that you are Vel ' ekhaya , " said his