Not a simple message

CIRCULO ZEN

January 16, 1969

It is a Zulu performance, and after the performance, I am expressing an opinion about the symbolism in one of the stories we heard. The Zulu performer stops me, and explains to me that the meaning of the story is the totality of performance, not a simple message. Performance is the thing. The Zulu performer explains to me, “If I am to tell you what this story means, I must tell it again”.

Harold Scheub, The poem in the Story: Music, Poetry and Narrative, Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, p. 119
Illustration: Enso
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indaba

INDABA

indaba, “matter, affair; case; topic of conversation; business; report; story, tale”

A. T. Bryant, Zulu-English Dictionary, Pinetown, Natal: The Mariannhill Mission Press, 1905, p. 87