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Palestinian Storytelling Tradition

In Palestinian society, particularly earlier than the arrival of tv and radio, the telling of tales was a important supply of entertainment and a favourite method to go the time. Storytelling within the Arab tradition is an age-old apply that usually facilities on the household.

A era in the past, village youngsters had been advised tales by a feminine elder whereas doing chores, corresponding to cooking or knitting. Palestinian cities had designated guesthouses, referred to as madhafah, the place guests had been welcomed. At the madhafah, the lads sat collectively and advised tales. The storyteller, referred to as a hakawaty, often advised his tales whereas taking part in a tune on a stringed instrument, corresponding to an oud, relying on his abilities. He may relate a humorous story of marriage, a scary story about warfare or ghouls, a farmer’s story in regards to the destruction of his crops, or a shepherd’s story in regards to the lack of his love.

Whether the tales had been meant to be humorous, to educate historical past, or to present an ethical lesson, they at all times had been meant to entertain. These tales offered a way of unity and identification in a household, as they had been handed down by means of many generations.

Stories of sure fictitious and humorous characters have been associated from particular person to particular person in most, if not all, Arab households. Two examples are the silly fellow, Juha, and Antar and Abla, the themes of quite a few romantic love tales.
Passed from grandfather to grandchild, from uncle to nephew, or from mom to baby, tales had been shared in all elements of society and all through the Arab world.