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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When she had recovered her health , she again became pregnant . Her stomach
grew big . But during her pregnancy , the woman again became thin because of
her anxiety ; she feared that “ I might bear a boy again , and he ' ll be abandoned
A long time passed , but the woman did not become pregnant . No matter what
cures the husband sought , his wife did not become pregnant . After seeking for a
long time , they finally found someone who said that he could cure her .
... I ' m crying because my husband is treating me badly . He ' s upset because I
returned from here without finding out clearly whether or not I ' m pregnant . But I
didn ' t hear you mention a thing about pregnancy . That ' s what I said to him .