The Ritual of Storytelling

Apr 10, 2022 | | Say something

What if stories and myths are neither literal nor allegorical? Traditional storytelling was an art wherein the orator reconstructed a scene or narrative to make it feel as real as possible. The stories were entertaining and ‘magical’, expertly communicated to lure the audience inside their ‘story-space’. The listener became transformed as an integrated participant rather than an outside observer. This all happens in the real time of the story which is experienced and has no time for interpretation and analysis. What we are alluding to here is the ritual.

Rituals invoke the latent power of traditional storytelling. Neither fact (past) nor fiction (future) can relate to the ritual because the ritual integrates the audience in real time into its ‘story-space’. In the ritual one is as a child, absorbing the unfolding drama without interpretation. Only the educated man attempts to put a meaning on the stories that he hears.

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