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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TALES Tale 4 THE BOY AND THE LIZARD Masithathu Zenani ' s Analysis : The
storyteller here emphasizes the necessity of a child ' s absence from home during
the puberty ritual , as well as the consequential role played by nature in the ...
These rituals are periods of transformation , of change , in individual lives , as
biological changes are made harmonious with social needs . Sikhuluma ... Part
one has to do with the quest for birds and emphasizes Sikhuluma ' s puberty
This part of the ritual is called “ The marrying of me . " That is what they were
saying : they were marrying me by means of this ox ; that is how I became a wife
of this homestead . We ate that meat then , portions of which went to the people of