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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She did not see her husband . Whenever he happened to pass by , she would
say , “ Give me some tobacco , " and he would respond , “ You fool ! Get someone
else , stay away from me ! I don ' t know why you ' re remaining in that homestead
She arrived and sat there , asking for a place to stay It was said , " So - and - so ' s
wife has arms ! How did she get them ? " She said , “ How did I get those arms ?
They just came out ! I was given them by the ancestors of my home because I ...
When they saw what was happening , the men said , “ Well , we won ' t stay here !
" “ This thing ' s getting closer ! " “ We ' re on our way , we must escape this thing !
" " You stay here with it yourself ! " “ A thing so terrible ! " “ A thing so big !