Origin, Arabic – Storyteller
In cultures of the Middle-East, a hakawati once played a central role in society. They drew large crowds, telling tales, folklores, and even sagas, with great wit, wisdom, poise, and expression. A hakawati is a storyteller, whose title stems from the Arabic verb “haka,” meaning “to tell” or “to speak.” They understood the impact of words, the indelible impressions stories leave on our souls. From the beginning of time, storytelling has proven to be a primal form of survival:
educating us, healing us, uniting us, and touching the very core of our humanness.