Here’s an introductory line which would probably not hook you onto reading this — I mean I should probably write something that could — haha.
I’ve been thinking what I could blog about as all I’ve been doing is reading about issues, histories, stories, matters, anything that the internet has to offer and catches my interest. There’s this interesting topic – that of Oral History – that struck a chord of thought in my mind.
History is a subject that analyses and defines human perspectives, those which succeeded, failed and/or those which remained relevant even if for a short period of time. Time. Another beautiful and significant aspect of History. I love how the two concepts intertwine their way into relating and comparing the cultural and traditional abundance of the legacies of any place, people and/or thing. It’s really just enough to satisfy the wonderance of our curious minds in terms of exploring our own ancestral precedents. A large part of the Legends and Myths we’ve been taught have been imparted to us by the means of storytelling and elaborate discussions of family traditions and cultures. That is – what we’ve heard and what we’ve been told – Oral History.
Although, as beautiful and bonding as the concept of Oral Histories may sound, it’s no ‘solid evidence’ for what may or may not have taken place in the history of the respective topic being taken into consideration. Many people might agree saying a lot of it has been interpreted one way, manipulated throughout the generations of it being storytold, may call it too hearsay for a subject as elaborative in research as this. However, in my most humble opinion, that shouldn’t let us diminish the value of what oral histories have to offer. I think listening to how our previous generations have perceived a particular story/legend/myth is massively endearing and to be able to understand that from a perspective of their understanding is an interesting way to comprehend that respective piece of discussion. Even after understanding, the morals and values that they derive from that piece of story may be wholly different from what we do and this is what defines any generation of thought. Age and time matter again.
Oral histories are a great way to express personal opinions and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it targets another school of thought or league of belief or arises any unnecessary discordance.
P. S. – a particular profoundness of oral histories is that of the tales of how certain superstitions came into being, a topic I’ll research more upon (and probably write on here). Till then, thank you for reading!