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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Well , we ' ve come here to request an older boys ' dance with you . " " Where
have you danced before ? " “ Well , we ' ve danced all over , from our own area to
that place over there . Now we want to have an older boys ' dance with you .
This kind of thing happens in connection with an older boys ' dance . They
engage in that kind of fighting , beginning with those in the junior age group .
Among these older boys , those who attend the older boys ' dance , there are also
The older brother and the young brother26 are those who were privileged to
have a share of the money . The distribution of money goes all the way to the
aunts and whoever - except for the daughter - in - law . The activity proceeded in