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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Before she could enter , the mouse said , “ Return with it , Wife of Mangangedolo !
Return with that magic , return with it ! " " Yo ! " She ran ! " Oh ! oh ! oh ! Do you
know that they ' re not asleep in that house ? Someone said , “ Return with that ...
This homestead was in another village : he did not return to the place where he
had been the night before , where there had been a ... When he arrived , there
was considerable commotion : “ So - and - so has not yet returned from the party .
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 my mother , the one who almost died . You have