The History of Storytelling
Today, stories are a natural part of our society and culture. Movies, books, music, news, media, religions, architecture and painting, you name it. The influence of storytelling is to be seen in all aspects of our life. Defining our values, desires, dreams and, as well as our prejudices and hatreds, don’t you want to know how it all began? Traditionally, the oral stories have been handed over from generation to generation.
Before man learned to write, he had to rely on his memory to learn anything. For this he had to be a good listener. A good storyteller was always respected. He could easily find an audience, eager to devour every exciting bit of information in their stories. These stories were also shared with others in far away lands, when people travelled. The stories travelled with them. And when they returned home, they brought with them exciting new tales of exotic places and people.
The history of storytelling reveals that the stories came in all varieties. Myths, legends, fairy tales, trickster stories, fables, ghost tales, hero stories, and epic adventures, these stories were told and retold. Passing down from generations, these stories reflect the wisdom and knowledge of early people. There are stories often used to explain important but often confusing events and disasters in nature at those early times. For example: fire, storms, thunder, floods, tidal waves, lightening etc. It was common for people to believe in the stories of Gods, which bound them to a common heritage and beliefs.
There are many ways to tell a story, here some of the genres are introduced
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
― Rudyard Kipling