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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The gifts associated with medicine are not all the same . One person may be able
only to examine patients . That doctor cannot divine ; all he can do is examine .
And there are various kinds of such doctors . There is another kind of doctor who
A NEW KIND OF DOCTOR Performance Note Time : 11 August 1972 , in the
afternoon . Place : In Mrs . Zenani ' s home , in Nkanga , Gatyana District , the
Transkei . Audience : Four women and three children . ( NS - 149 . ) Something
This fellow poured out his roots , and his wife said , “ Just eat those roots of the
kind that belongs to you , to men ! My children and I will just eat the kind that
belongs to women . As I was going about seeking food , hungry , I found some
roots of ...