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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So it went, until such a person could breathe no more.2 He would then be taken
and put into a secret place. No hole was dug in those days; no one said that a "
burial" had taken place. The people would see that he was no longer breathing.
When the woman has delivered, that vessel from which she has been drinking
during her pregnancy will be taken, and a spoonful of the medicine will be given
to the infant she has borne. When the woman has labor pains, other women are ...
"Now the gelding of a goat must be taken, so that the real marriage can take
place." "Oh!" and the visitors agreed. They sat down again.5 The next morning,
the goat was taken and slaughtered. They took an old milking bucket and the
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