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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I urged that we move on . We should take our sticks and move on . He didn ' t
agree . ' Let ' s stay . No one ' s going to move ! ' I said that we should go . And the
boys said , ' Well , let ' s go ! ' " We left then . We saw a road . I warned them that ...
... then move to this one , then this one , then this one , and I ' ll finish with this little
juicy one ! ' She was referring to me . I was awake , and I tried to awaken the boy
who was next to me - 1 pinched him , dragged him , trying to rouse him .
The artistic experience molds our feelings in youth , organizes them in images ,
then nourishes and expands those trapped feelings ( remembered feelings ,
mementos of one ' s artistic and social experiences ) as we move beyond youth