Watch this fabulously entertaining video of storyteller and performer, Shlomo recounting an evening spent at his the home of his Jewish - Iraqi grandparents. And then...treat yourself some more and head over to Band of Wild Petticoats to read this fascinating response to the film that intermingles oral narrative theory, Socrates, belly dancing, and the transformation of the storyteller tradition. A total blast.
"The act of reading a text is markedly different from the experience of hearing a story performed aloud: the former is a solitary act that requires the reader to consume and process content separated from external influences, while in the latter, an audience is expected to laugh or cry at the same junctures during a story’s oral performance. So how can I say that this oral narrative (the video above) can be considered the same as a short story if the impact on the audience is so different for textually and orally constructed stories? " --Taiko Haessler, (In Short: Belly Dancing and Oral Narrative.)