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 water monster came after her , that thing was approaching . She arrived at
home ; she hurried into the kraal . She told the men to go into the houses . The
water monster would enter the kraal because it wanted this girl . " Go into the
In the morning , the cattle kraal was about to be opened for the cattle . A member
of the Mangangedolo ' s home said , “ We ' ve come to visit the groom ' s party . ” "
We ' ve brought them food , so they can eat . ” " Now the members of the groom ...
But , according to Xhosa custom , a woman does not set foot in the kraal . She
does not open the entrance to drive the cattle from the kraal . However , if she is
able and if she is alone in the homestead , under such circumstances and if