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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These patterns or models are the central theme-generating units of the story. The
simplest form of ... The repetition of the model is slightly changed, and the point of
the story is to be discovered in the alterations. In other stories, a variety of ...
THE TWO NIECES Masithathu Zenani's Analysis: This story is a variation of a
common African story about a good girl who is contrasted with a bad girl. In the
simplest version of this tale, a good girl has a series of challenging experiences
THE CHILD WITH THE STAR ON HIS FOREHEAD Masithathu Zenani's Analysis:
The central pattern of this story has to do with a series of animals— a hog, a
heifer, a horse, a crab— that swallow an abandoned child. This pattern, Mrs.
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Time Passes the Baby Grows
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