Sound is important.
Anyone who takes on a story takes on the responsibility of passing it on. A.K Ramanujan, an Indian Poet and Folklorist wrote in the preface to his book Folktales from India, “Stories and words not only have weight; they also have wills and rages, and they can take different shapes and exact revenge against a person who doesn’t tell them and release them into the world.
They are there before any particular teller tells them; stories hate it when they are not passed on to others, for they can come into being again and again only in that act of translation.
If you know a tale, any tale; you owe it not only to others but to the tale itself to tell it; otherwise it suffocates.
Traditions have to be kept in good repair, transmitted, or else, beware, such tales seem to say, things will happen to you. You can’t hoard them.” He then tells of a Kondh tribal who possessed four stories which he was too lazy to repeat. One night, when the Kondh was fast asleep, the stories emerged from his belly, sat on the snoring lout, and conspired together to kill him because he refused to tell them to anyone. The Kondh survived only because his servant, who wanted the stories for himself, overheard the plot and was able to thwart each assassination attempt as it occurred. In another case, a song a woman never sang and a story she never told came forth from her mouth while she slept and metamorphosed into a man’s coat and a pair of shoes, items which sent her husband into a fury of jealousy.
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While all living stories are clearly not benign, “But some might call it chance that you selected this story or this blog to read; I believe instead that it selected you, that you and it were destined to meet, as it were. It and I have been close ever since the first thought, seed came before any of it even arrived. As true lovers of mythic reality cannot remain aloof from the wisdom stories carry. Stories always write and speak of their beloved with love and affection, and they love to share the good word with other like-minded people.
You who are reading this may not elect to make it a part of yourself, as I have, for that will require you to feed it with your blood. Perhaps stories only make you curious about them, or may be you want only to use it to help you relieve your misery. But I must tell you, especially when you find yourself in trouble, make it into a story. And remember to share it with someone.
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