Saturday, February 7, 2009

An intelligent woman’s love story

Steeped in mystery, the story of Scheherezade is found in the book 1001 Arabian Nights. Her story is the frame tale, it is the 'frame' that holds many smaller tales that comprise the entire book.
We begin with Shahryār-'The Great King' in 1001 Nights, to whom is told stories by his wife, Scheherazade. He ruled over a Persian Empire extended to India, over all the adjacent islands and a great way beyond the Ganges as far as China.

Shahryār is betrayed by his first wife, which makes him go mad and believe that all women will, in the end, betray him. So every night for three years, the mad king takes a wife and has her executed the next morning, until he marries Scheherazade, his vizier’s beautiful and clever daughter.

For 1001 nights in a row, Scheherazade tells Shahryār a story, each time stopping at dawn with a cliffhanger, thus forcing him to keep her alive for another day so that she can complete the tale the next night.

The body of the book are the tales with a moral that Scheherezade recanted and eventually the betrayed King, who's heart had demanded revenge, becomes a husband who trusts his wife again and Scheherezade gets a happy ending.

Some of Scheherezade's more famous characters found in 1001 Arabian nights are Aladdin, (perhaps one of the most famous characters and appears in "Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp") Ali Baba, who is a character described in the adventure tale of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and Sinbad the Sailor who is also a very famous character who has also been developed further in literary works.

About Scheherazade:
In Sir Richard F. Burton's translation of The Nights, Shahrazad was described in this way:
"Shahrazade had perused the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples and instances of by gone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred."

Scheherezade's father was the executioner to the King, so my guess is after all those bride's deaths they were desperate to put an end to the King's revenge.

Against her father's protestations, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the King. Once in the King's chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dinazade, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The King lay awake and listened with awe to Scheherazade's first story and asked for another, but Scheherazade said there was not time as dawn was breaking, and regretfully so, as the next story was even more exciting.

And so the King kept Scheherazade alive as he eagerly anticipated each new story, until, one thousand and one adventurous nights, and three sons later, the King had not only been entertained but wisely educated in morality and kindness by Scheherazade who became his Queen.

My source for information :
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This will probably take you back a ways. Great albumn from 1988. (gasp)
Peter Cetera, Scheherezade
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and here's someone that I doubt if you've heard before,
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Don't be afraid, go ahead, click. A little cultural awareness is good!

Barış Manço Scheherazade (Şehrazat)

per Wikipedia,
Barış Manço (also spelled Baris Mancho in some European album releases) (January 2, 1943 - January 31, 1999) was a Turkish rock singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. He composed about 200 songs, some of which were translated into a variety of languages including English, Japanese, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian and Arabic. He remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey.

And in my search for info LOOK WHAT I FOUND! I didn't know this existed.

It looks like a good movie.

I want HIS shoes!!

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