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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With her attendants , she goes to a clay pit to dig for ochre . The ochre will be
used in the rite . She leaves a garment behind , goes back to the pit alone to
retrieve it , and is kidnapped and put into the villain ' s bag . In a typical puberty
ritual tale ...
The child traveled and finally arrived at the ochre pit . He found the earring , then
returned to the others in a great hurry . He was dripping with perspiration when
he arrived . His sister took the earring and kissed him . She said , " Oh , Child of ...