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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No , Mama , please leave me alone ! Please leave me alone , I ' ll tell you . Just
leave me alone , I ' ll tell you some time . ” " Where does this ... She departed that
day not having done the things she usually did before leaving . She did not even
... by one ' s own father . So please leave me alone . Leave me , let me go . Put
the child on my back , let me go . " The father - in - law tried to persuade her to
leave the child with him , but she refused . She said , “ I can ' t leave my child
They said , " Now give us what is ours because we ' re asking leave to go . " The
groom ' s people then produced the beasts ... Before they left , they said , “ We ' re
leaving this child behind here . We leave this child . " The bride was taken away ...