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 this issue was raised, someone said that they ought to go to the
homestead of the royal residence— that is, the royal residence for us Xhosa of
Gcalekaland. Someone responded, "Two young men should be sent. Let them go
to the royal ...
Place: In a fallen rondavel near Mrs. Zenani's home in Nkanga, Gatyana District,
the Transkei. Audience: Six women, three men, and five children. (Perf. NS-148.)
The great homestead of the royal residence was an opulent one. The master of ...
The matter was discussed, and finally it was decided that it should be taken to the
royal residence, where offences such as this were judged. If a person wanted to
appeal a disciplinary matter from his home, he would go to the royal residence ...
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