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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You ' ll eat elegant food which is prepared for you by your sister in this home .
And your mother will also do things for you because if there is anything that we
have longed for in this home , it has been that your sister have legs and arms .
He was fed well ; the food he was served was well - prepared , and it agreed with
his blood . The lizard continued to come out in the evenings , and this lizard ' s
son continued to grow : he became an older boy . When the child had grown into
The young man agreed with all the words spoken by his father . His mother then
prepared the things that were her responsibility - all of the grass items . She
worked carefully , stacking the things until she had completed what was required