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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I should be given an axe if I must leave home . When I leave , I should be allowed
to leave with everything that is mine , everything that was called by my name . I
should leave nothing behind in my sleeping place . " So said this young man ; his
She ' s being given a heifer so that she can become my other homestead , the
second homestead . " His wife said , " Oh , Sobani , if that ' s to become your
homestead , then who ' ll remain here ? Who will stay here with me ? Which man
will be ...
I ' ve seen a wonder that I ' ve never seen before - a person who has given birth to
a cat ! " So saying , she removed the blindfold . “ Let ' s remove this blindfold , Girl
, and see the thing that you have borne . " When the blindfold was removed ...