One of the most wonderful ways to get to know different cultural circles and discover values transported in the stories is listening to and reading myths, fairy tales and legends from around the world. Diving into the magic worlds of stories can be an eye opener and an invitation to share observations on values and on cultural soul and even some cultural roots of the current narratives. That is why I would love to invite you to read a short story about one of the most influential female storytellers, Scheherazade.
Instead of reading a text, you might enjoy watching this amazing story told by the ballet dancers from the Mariinsky ballet, Igor Kolb and Jiyeon Ryu, the only foreigner in the Ensemble in 2007. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1aFrAV3d1o Enjoy the beautiful music by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov.
Scheherazade was telling stories to her newly wed powerful spouse during 1001 Nights not only to delay her execution but also to influence him to re-narrate his own story. The ruler, who has been convinced that every single woman he marries must die after the wedding night, changed. Why? When Scheherazade married the ruler and attracted his attention with a great story on their wedding night she did not end the story and made the groom wait until the next night to hear the end. That same night she started telling a new story and played with his curiosity until the next dawn. That way she kept telling him stories every single night 1001 times in a row. She took a great risk and changed the course of history with her narrative approach and… made the sultan a better human being.
The details on the neuroscience research on storytelling and story sharing can be found in the blog: How does storytelling affect the brain?