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Water stories : original!Garib narrations about the Water Snake = Waterstories - oorspronklike :!Garib-vertellinge van die Waterslang

Author: Mary Elizabeth Lange
Publisher: Pretoria : Unisa Press, University of South Africa, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What do you know about the Water Snake? -- When this question was presented to a group of South Africa's Upington women, it triggered a set of short stories in an attempt to capture the myth of the Water Snake. Water stories is collection of personal histories, reminiscences, and narratives about the Gariep River and the Water Snakes that dwell there. The wellspring of testimonies lies in age-old indigenous beliefs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Elizabeth Lange
ISBN: 9781868887873 1868887871
OCLC Number: 907204539
Language Note: Some text in English and Afrikaans.
Description: ix, 54 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 30 cm
Contents: Background and context --
Dwellings of the Water Snake --
Gender and the Water Snake --
General dangers of the Water Snake --
The Water Stories --
Willem and the Water Snake --
The little girl in the river --
The half-woman, half-fish of Prieska --
The chain in the water --
The girls and the Water Snake --
A goat for the Water Snake --
A bull for the Water Snake --
The rays --
The Water Snake's crown --
The Storytellers --
Johanna/Nana (Dollie) de Wee and Martha (Poppie) van Rooi --
Maria (Mokkie) Malo and Elizabeth (Bessa) Sixaxa --
Maku Hlopezulu and Ellen Sihoyo --
Noxolo (Girlie) Prescilla Saaiman.
Other Titles: Original!Garib narrations about the Water Snake
Waterstories - oorspronklike :!Garib-vertellinge van die Waterslang
Responsibility: Mary Lange (editor).

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What do you know about the Water Snake? -- When this question was presented to a group of South Africa's Upington women, it triggered a set of short stories in an attempt to capture the myth of the Water Snake. Water stories is collection of personal histories, reminiscences, and narratives about the Gariep River and the Water Snakes that dwell there. The wellspring of testimonies lies in age-old indigenous beliefs and practices. Traditionally, Khoe-San women associated themselves with the Water Snake in order to be 'lucky' and ensure fecundity and good fortune for themselves and their communities. In the book, Nana, Maria, Martha, Girlie, and Bessa have become narrators - sharing their beliefs surrounding the Water Snake. Whether through religion, myth, or folklore, Water Stories provides a glimpse into the beliefs, customs, traditions, and everyday realities of these people (descendants of, amongst others, the!Xam and Nguni).

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