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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29 The child said , “ Never ! Never ! " Her father said , “ Would you rather die ? "
The child said , “ I would rather die ! That would be better . It would be better to
die than to do what you are suggesting ! " Her father became quiet . He took a
Never have we seen such a bridegroom ! " “ This is an extraordinary groom . " He
was quiet ; he did not speak again . He was taken to a dirty house . It had manure
in it ; there were fleas and bedbugs in it . The calves were sleeping there , the ...
You would drive these cattle away , even though your obligations regarding them
have never been discharged ! You have the brazenness to attempt to drive these
cattle away ! " The young man confronted his senior mother ; they quarreled ...