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Title:The technique of the expansible image in Xhosa ntsomi-performances
Author:Scheub, H.ISNI
Year:1970
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:1
Issue:2
Pages:119-146
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
folk tales (form)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3818572
Abstract:Foci of the ntsomi- or tale performance - in Xhosa are the central images which are objectified by means of song and dance and are expansible by means of repetition. Cues for expansion may come from a member of the audience, from the active imagination of the artist, etc. Central images, which are joined together and supported by interlocking and transitional details, can be expanded as often as the artist desires, depending on how powerful he wants to 'make the thematic balance in the tale. Both expansible and interlocking images create the complete ntsomi. This paper discusses in detail four versions of a popular ntsomi, illustrating the varied use that can be made of expansible images. Notes, figures, ills.
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