The storyteller" al-Hakawati" sees that his profession is a mini theater to provide sermons and good values

Damascus, ST- Ahmad Al-Lahham,a storyteller spent his life in telling  ancient stories by focusing on events and  championships of old known figures . Al-Lahham  loves his work very much.He considered it very interesting and  he used to meet visitors of Al-Nawfara cafe  every Thursday  and narrate events and old stories skillfully so  he always succeeds in taking the listeners to a time of nobility and heroism.

Al-Hakawati Abo Sami, who inherited his love of telling stories from his uncle Abo Shaker Snobar, sees that this profession is much more than just to tell stories,  but it is rather a mini theater where the storyteller gives listeners sermons through  indirect messages focusing on good values.

 

Abo Sami said  that this profession cannot be eliminated with time and that it should be nourished by person's  love of reading. He added  that he used to read daily more than 200 pages, whether it is a story, book, or any kind of cultural and science articles.

According to Abo Sami, this profession needs talent because it requires dealing with all segments of society who are interested in listening to ancient literature and find in it wisdom and useful advice.

The storyteller used to choose  well-known stories such as Antara Bin Shaddad and Al-Zaher King because these kinds of stories  represent complete comprehensive genres  such as  literature, poetry, ethics, magnanimity, Arabism and other values.

It is worth noting that one of the most important elements of al-Hakawati success, is his love for the Arabic language, because it is the language of the Holy Qur'an.

Hakawati Al-Sham hopes that the Ministry of Culture adopts this profession to maintain and guarantee  its continuity as it is one of the oldest professions related to the Damascene  environment.

M.Wassouf