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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My hand can ' t reach back far enough ! " one of the men said . " It ' s too big ! "
One of the other men had a smaller hand , and he tried it . He took out some
honey , then he reached back to the last honeycomb . But then , the buttocks
Even if the supporting house produces a boy , he will become the junior brother
of that one who is being grafted on to you - you having no male child . That one of
the right - hand house is still to bear for us a boy of the right - hand house , if she
It has now become clear what is to be : the right - hand will promote itself at my
expense , without doing a thing for me . " So the lawsuit was settled in that
manner . " This woman is right . It is clear that this is how this thing must be settled