"Is it possible, that by telling these tales,
one might indeed save one's self?"
The character, Scheherazade thought so. In fact, she tells each of the Arabian Nights tales in order to survive a little longer at the mercy of her listener, Shahryar, the Sultan.
The Arabian Nights stories are some of the world's great treasures. They have existed for thousands of years, consisting of tales told in Persia, Arabia, India, and Asia. The Arabian Nights (also known as "The 1001 Arabian Nights") have inspired writers of the world with the ancient power of story.
In this Novel, I want to tell you to tell your stories about love, wars, and magical spells, good and evil, that reveal forces or spirits to produce unnatural effects in the alternate aniverse (AU) of Sha'Lazar.
Based upon the legends, traditions, myths, and notions of the mysteries of the great deserts, intermingled with the obscurities of the deepest jungles, or the hot and dry savanna, or even inter-fused with the physical succession from bare lava flow to forest- all, inter-mixed with personal imagination, I solicit the writer make use of those ideals and the many innovative literary techniques, which storytellers around the world rely on for increased drama, suspense, or other emotions. These stories and the amalgamation thereof shall constitute the "Chronicles of Sha'Lazar".
Chronicles of Sha'Lazar (CoSL)
It seems no work of Man's creative hand,
by labor wrought as wavering fancy planned;
But from the rock as if by magic grown,
eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Arcadian shrine,
where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But golden as if the blush of dawn,
that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
which Man deemed old three thousand years ago,
match me such marvel save in desert clime,
a golden sand half as old as time. **
Emanating from the epic landscape of desert sands and walled cities,
from mountains, jungles, and black ash of a volcano,
come the stories untold.
But tis the desert shows you nothing; you must find everything.
It is said we are connected by an ancient calling,
One that echoes through the ages... Destiny.
Our destiny changes with our thought;
we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do,
when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.
For each man is the architect of his own destiny.
"Stories are not like the real world; they aren't held back by what we know is false or true. What's important is how a story makes you feel inside." Tahir Shah.
"My father used to tell me that stories offer the listener a chance to escape but, more importantly, he said, they provide people with a chance to maximize their minds. Suspend ordinary constraints, allow the imagination to be freed, and we are charged with the capability of heightened thought. Learn to use your eyes as if they are your ears, he said, and you become connected with the ancient heritage of man, a dream world for the waking mind." ‚Äē Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
People need stories, more than bread, itself. They teach us how to live, and why.
The storyteller always said, "Stories can save us."
I guess what he meant was... they can save us! If we use our imagination.
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