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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Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani. 9. A
Girl Is Kidnapped 178 10. The Two Nieces 201 17. A Girl Cuts Off a Man 's Ear
213 12. Sikhuhtma, The Boy Who Did Not Speak 222 13. The Boy Who Did Not ...
Nongenile Masithathu Zenani. "Kwathi ke kaloku ngantsomi. . . ." "It happened in
a fantastic tale." ii Map of South Africa, showing the location of Nkanga, the home
of Nongenile Masithathu Zenani xii Exchanging news 24 ". . . she did not ...
During a period of two years, from 1968 to 1969, and again from 1972 to 1973, 1
worked with Mrs. Zenani, taping and filming her repertory of imaginative tales,
along with autobiographical and ethnographic material, identified here as ...
Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani.
INTRODUCTION Storytellers have always been innovative, and they have
always been imitative. This need not be seen as a contradiction. Oral performers
Place: Outside, near Mrs. Zenani's home in Nkanga, Gatyana District, the
Transkei. Audience: Six women and twelve teenagers and children. (NS-22.) The
art of composing imaginative narratives is something that was undertaken by the
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