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 said , “ Mmhmmm . " Mangangedolo said , “ Ah , this is a unique groom ' s
party . ” He was quiet then . He chatted with them , asking , " Where have you
come from ? " Sikhuluma explained , “ I come from my home . I have come here to
This is an extraordinary groom . " He was quiet ; he did not speak again . He was
taken to a dirty house . It had manure in it ; there were fleas and bedbugs in it .
The calves were sleeping there , the fowl were sleeping there , hogs were
When they had entered , each woman went to bed with her appropriate young
man . All the young women did that , and the bride went to sleep with her groom ,
Sikhuluma . A member of the groom ' s party said , “ Women , we have a custom .