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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Never had he seen such a person . He did not know , of course , that it was his
own child . The boy finished his dance . Then he came out : he was a man now .
And now that he had become a man , his father the lizard sought a wife for him .
Never have we seen such a bridegroom ! " “ This is an extraordinary groom . " He
was quiet ; he did not speak again . He was taken to a dirty house . It had manure
in it ; there were fleas and bedbugs in it . The calves were sleeping there , the ...
I ' ve seen a wonder that I ' ve never seen before - a person who has given birth to
a cat ! " So saying , she removed the blindfold . “ Let ' s remove this blindfold , Girl
, and see the thing that you have borne . " When the blindfold was removed ...