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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He slept along the way , and eventually he arrived at his destination . He arrived
and found the mother of the ravens . His own mother was not there , nor was the
girl . They had gone to gather firewood . When he got there , dust was billowing ...
I ' ve never before seen a child who ' s gone mad on the humor of an old woman !
You ' re really crazy ! What got into your head , to eat old people ' s humor ? That '
s been bothering me ! You ' re really insane ! What ' s the matter with you ?
Nomanaso pointed out the direction in which it had gone . But they did not see it ,
even though she tried to show them where it had gone . Now they asked the
young woman , “ How far is it to this home of yours ? " The child explained , “ It ' s