We use stories every day to relay information, share funny moments, and express ourselves. These stories are integral yet often taken for granted, and it can be easy to forget that oral storytelling was the foundational form of communication before writing came along. As the StoryPress team has been testing out our new 2.0 version, we have been reminded anew of this meaningful and enjoyable component of storytelling. This excerpt from the UK’s Society for Storytelling emphasizes the oral tradition of storytelling, which StoryPress seeks to carry on:
“Oral storytelling is one of the most ancient art-forms and has a long and honourable history. Stories have been passed on by word of mouth, since long before reading and writing became commonplace. In the past these stories served as a means of communicating news, teaching moral principles and tribal law, and explaining the origins of Life, the Universe, and all that therein lies.
When we speak of storytelling we are encompassing a vast heritage of lore, myths, epic tales, folk tales, travelers’ tales; tales of the creation of the world, tales of its destruction; sagas of Gods and men; all the great traditional legends from around the world. These stories are not learned by rote or read from books but retold by the tellers, making each interpretation unique. Storytelling is more than just performance or entertainment; it can also educate, heal, lead to better practice in business, inspire and change lives.”
Teaching and explaining; entertaining and educating; healing and changing. Spoken stories are an art form and have power when shared. Look for the launch of StoryPress 2.0 in April, and share your own stories with the world.