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Mythical Creatures of the Arab World

Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

A Palestinian Halloween with Ghouls, Jinns and other characters

Arab stories are filled with mythical creatures such as Jinn’s, Ghouls, Flying Camels and other magical beings. These mythical beings fill the Palestinian folktale world.  A common greeting in a Palestinian folktale upon meeting a stranger is to ask “are you human or are you Jinn?”

Ghouls migrated to the west from Egypt with the first translation of One Thousand and One Nights into French by Antoine Galland in 1704. From there they have taken their place in western horror genre in stories, films and video games. They have also been appropriated into Halloween. Ghouls are often depicted as the undead, hideous human-like creatures that dwell in cemeteries, feasting upon corpses.

If Palestine belongs to anyone it is to the Jinn’s and the Ghouls that have never managed to be occupied or tamed and that continue to fearlessly roam the land, eating human flesh and visiting people’s homes regardless of the man-made borders and divisions.

Folktales, being from the oral tradition are as resilient as Jinn’s and Ghouls, they survive even at times of occupation. Let’s continue passing down the Palestinian culture by telling and listening to Palestinian folktales!  Maybe the Jinn’s of Beit Zatoun will come out and listen?

The Storyteller (Al-Hakawati)
Sarah Abušarar is Palestinian on her father’s side; she uses Palestinian folktales as a personal exploration. Sarah, tells Palestinian stories out of a need to connect to a land that has been deprived from her and a culture that has been denied to her. Through stories Sarah finds her place in the world.  As Sarah tells her folktales, it is evident that she is being transported from the occupation into a Palestine from long ago and taking the audience with her …  a Palestine that still faced hardship but also danced with magic.  It is only by remembering our stories that we can shape our future.


Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:45
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic)