The Importance of Oral Storytelling, Part 1 by Fareeha Shah
We asked teens around the world: What stories are significant in your community? Contributor Fareeha Shah responds:
Powerful family values and communal living — the first two things that would come to mind if I were asked what it meant to grow up in a Pakistani family. Of all the wonderful things that make up the nurturing environment that Pakistani children generally grow up in, I would say one of the most important is relationship-style storytelling, that is, a tradition of oral storytelling.
Oral storytelling is something which is deeply interwoven into the fabric of a Pakistani community.
Words have always been the oldest way to bring people together and before that, stories. Fables. Folk lore. Myths. The magnetism of suspense, a story so delicious that you find yourself sitting on the edges of your beds, your nails bitten down to the quick. You gaze upon your storyteller with wide eyes, enchanted as Shehreyar was, ensnared within the enticing web of tales Scherezade had woven for him night after night to keep herself alive.
Stories have a magical way of spiking your imagination. The elixir is then used for you to weave your own narrative, one which allows children and people of all ages collectively to escape into the realm of make-believe….