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 no longer belong at my homestead of marriage . So please help me , keep me ,
be my friends . " Time passed ; she remained in this homestead . They sent a
messenger to her homestead of marriage , to explain what had happened to her ,
Do you know anything about this homestead at which you ' re asking for a place
to spend the night ? " That question was not unexpected . The people of whom it
was asked were known to this interrogator ; the questioning was a part of the ...
There was a homestead to the north of the shop ; the homestead belonged to
Gomomo of the Qwambi clan . Now , when the people were at a certain curve ,
just before they were going over the hill at Nkanga , they stood and said , “ Well