Storytelling is one of the oldest arts of human beings. People in all times and places have told stories.

The intrinsic nature of stories was recently described in A Palpable God, (1997) by Reynolds Price (Akkadine Press) when he wrote:

"A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens--second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day's events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths."

There are many kinds of stories, such as fables, parables, myths, and legends. Stories are of many moods, such as humorous, inspirational, educative, frightening, tragic, romantic.

Stories of wise men are well known, such as Solomon and Nasreddin Hoja.

Modern storytellers may be actors, singers, and comedians.

See also: folklore, fairy tale, oral history storytelling game

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