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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In the meantime, will you find the medicine?" The person said, "First, come with
the ox." The man went to his home. He explained to his wife what the man had
said: "He won't give me any medicine until I give him an ox because I haven't
"Come in." The child said, "Hello." "Yes. Where have you come from, Child?" "I
come from home. I was sent by my father. He told me to come and get the
medicine that he asked for yesterday." "All right." The fellow rose and got the
The doctor asked, "The medicine that is in a large tin— have you replenished that
water?" The woman said, "No, ... "Well then," the doctor said, "well then, Daughter
, if that is the way it is, then leave those medicines alone. I shall make another ...
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