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.

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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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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Blog Award!

My first blog award(!) and given to me by someone I admire, a dedicated, active, involved and talented Christian woman, Amy L. owner of Snugville ( take a quick buzz by for a treat of whimsy) and what a perfect award for this time of year, list 7 things that I love.

I Ylove working in my backyard when my neighbors dog is locked up. That dog is a challenge to my Christianity when it starts to bark. You can’t imagine (and wouldn’t want to) the words that literally fly from my brain when that accursed creature starts to bark. But oh the wonderful time when its all quiet, the birds, the bees, even the planes overhead.

Once in a while we get a military fighter flying low as they train. They fly in the opposite direction from the commercial jets. They are so awesome. This happens once in a blue moon so they are a treat. I can hear them coming for minutes before they fly overhead so I usually can run out to watch them.They scare the grandkids, so I’m thankful for just once in a while but I Ylove them.

I Ylove watering on a hot summer day (that is after the entire spring of work to get it to the point where it's blooming) ...the whole green growing thing is so satisfying. Mostly recreational gardening, I go for the flowers. I have a nice chunk of established fruit trees that the bugs and birds love. We do plant tommies and zuchies though, what flavor!

Lately Ylove fruit smoothies, bananas, berrys, yogurt, milk. I also make a green smoothie- almonds, flax seed, sunflower seed, two handfuls of spinach and a pear. It is suprisingly good, I make it because I want to get more raw food into my diet but I don't love it I drink it because I think its good for me.

I Ylove the thrill of finding treasure in a thrift store. Those little treasures that you stumble upon, that make your eyes light up- what will I do with it? I don’t always know, but I always think 'Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I found this’ .

I am in Ylove with my grandchildren. I Ylove their innocence and their purely unconditional love for me. I can't believe that they love me, I am so honored. I can look at them and see their beauty inside, they hide nothing. They reveal everything, and they share that love.

I Ylove Ylove Ylove my bed. I love that time of night when all is quiet and I'm snuggled under layers of blankets and I can finally take a deep breath. My bed linens are collected vintage and quilts that have been in the family for years. I treasure them.

And as i understand this fun award, i get to choose 7 more

Please visit their blogs
and two friends that do not have blogs but are just lovely people! haha

First Love

Adam and Eve...

What a story.

Man and woman living in Paradise

Adam "dust; man; mankind";

and Eve "living one";

are characters from the book of Genesis, where they figure as the first man and woman created by God.

In Genesis 1 God creates humans "male and female" in His image, and gives them dominion over the living things He has created, and commands them to "be fruitful and multiply."

Genesis 2 opens with God fashioning a man from the dust and blowing life into his nostrils.

God plants a garden (the Garden of Eden) and sets the man there, "to work it and watch over it," permitting him to eat of all the trees in the garden except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, "for on the day you eat of it you shall surely die."

Then God creates the animals, attempting to find a help-mate for the man; but none of the animals are satisfactory, and so God causes the man to sleep, and creates a woman from his rib. The man names her "Woman" (Heb. ishshah), "for this one was taken from a man" (Heb. ish). "On account of this a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his woman." Genesis 2 ends with the note that the man and woman were naked, and were not ashamed.

Genesis 3 introduces the Serpent, "slier than every beast of the field." The serpent tempts the woman to eat from the tree of knowledge, telling her that it will not lead to death; she succumbs, and gives the fruit to the man, who eats also, "and the eyes of the two of them were opened." Aware now of their nakedness, they make coverings of fig leaves, and hide from the sight of God. God, perceiving that they have broken His command, curses them with hard labour and with pain in childbirth, and banishes them from His garden, setting a cherub at the gate to bar their way to the Tree of Life, "lest he put out his hand ... and eat, and live forever."

Genesis 4 and 5 give the story of Adam and Eve's family after they leave the garden: they have three children, Cain, Abel and Seth, as well as other sons and daughters, and Adam's lifespan is 930 years. ("The woman" is given the name Eve in the closing verses of Genesis 3, "because she was the mother of all living"; Adam gets his name when the initial definite article is dropped, changing "ha-adam", "the man", to "Adam".)

All information gleaned from:
Wikipedia which has a wonderful page that will enrich your knowlege of the ancient story even if you are a Bible student.

The link above takes you right there.

C. H. Spurgeon

It was the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil the eating of which brought all this evil upon us which ye see this day.

Ye may eat of that tree still, if so it please you; but if ye taste not of the tree of life at the same time, your knowledge shall only open to you the gates of hell.

Knowledge of itself alone is as land which may either become a blooming garden or a howling wilderness.

It is a sea out of which you shall bring pearls or dead men's bones. Life and death, heaven and hell, are here: if it was said of old, "Take heed what you hear," I also say, "Take heed what you know."

"So that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful."—Romans 1:20, 21


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