Why I Love Myth, fables & story Telling
This is my favourite section of the recommended book list.
I don't know about you, but when I was a child, I never really enjoyed being lectured at.
I would soon lose interest, and stop paying attention. But whenever something was related to me in a story form, with wit, charm and fantasy- my ears perked up.
Many times, the language of symbols, fables and magic, conveys and expresses spiritual teaching in a charming, fun and profound manner; without having to feel that one has been "lectured".
I believe partly because it speaks to the child within- that refuses to grow up but continues to be inspired by imagination. And mostly because I believe the soul understands creativity- part of developing our spirituality is to do with developing our creative ability and freeing our imagination.
I remember when I was about 10 years old, my brother returned home from England, and came to greet me while holding The Hobbit under his arms (not in his suit case) as if he could not wait to give it to me. I sensed immediately that this was a meaningful gift. I started reading it and could not put it down.
It was this book that ignited my interest in myth that sealed my continuing interest in fable and fantasy. I also came to appreciate how rich is my own culture is in myth and fantasy. Most of us would know about Arabian 1001 Nights; but wait till you read The Fables of Kalilah Wa Dimnah and Tales of Alhambra (hard to come by).
On this page, I share with you a personal favourite list of Myth, Fable & Fantasy books. I hope that it will fire your imagination and enhance your spiritual understanding too.
It is a list of treasured books that I own and which I would never lend out!
(You will also note from this book list and other recommended lists on my website that I have favourite books, and not necessarily favourite authors. Classics, I believe, cannot be repeated).
© Sahar Huneidi
Read my article about The Mystery of Myth: Are Fairy Tales Spiritual?