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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Today also , the women go to the fields to get fresh maize . On this day , the
initiates eat all sorts of things for the first time . They are allowed to eat the usual
things - pumpkins and beans , stamped mealies , everything that has been
Maize and millet — the girls made some loaves of millet and some of maize .
They carried these with them , and they journeyed . The forest was a long way off
. They walked , they walked and walked , and finally came to the forest . When
There was a lot of beer , beer for which maize was brought to the house of the
bridal party . Grinding stones were brought in , and the maize was roughly
ground . The initial stages of brewing took place , then the dough was transported