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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The children who attend the younger boys ' dance must get home at sunrise to be
in time to take the livestock out to the pasture sunset . Performance Note Time :
13 August 1972 , in the morning . Place : In a fallen rondavel near Mrs . Zenani ...
... rondavel near Mrs . Zenani ' s home in Nkanga , Gatyana District , the Transkei
. Audience : Five women , three teenagers , and two children . ( Perf . NS - 159 . )
Acertain man had no wife . He sought a wife 123 Tales The Boy and the Lizard.
Place : In a fallen rondavel near Mrs . Zenani ' s home in Nkanga , Gatyana
District , the Transkei . Audience : Three women , three children , and two
teenagers . ( NS - 174 . ) This is how the Xhosa set up their homesteads : A man
takes a wife ...