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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Now, as for Vel'ekhaya, we want him to be the master of ceremonies at the
wedding. He'll know everything that occurs when you are married. You'll be sent
off with a bridal party, you'll kneel at the kraal, there'll be dancing in that
The party did not advance very rapidly. Each one stepped in the same place as
the person who went before, and we arrived at our destination after a very long
time. And, I tell you, the master of ceremonies was being abused throughout all of
When we came out from the men and went to the women, this master of
ceremonies was abused by the women. We had left a shilling at the place where I
had been sitting in the kraal among the men. We carried another shilling; this
would be ...
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