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A Long Tradition of Storytelling

Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon) , October 18, 2004


Sidon, Lebanon has rich history of hakawatis (storytellers) who kept audiences spellbound.

Many Sidon residents still remember Hajj Ibrahim, who passed away in 1981, as the last of the hakawatis.

A hakawati, or storyteller, Hajj Ibrahim was famous throughout the region for his skill in recounting a story, which brought people from the capital to Sidon to hear him speak.

Ancient craft of regaling people with stories of heroes has now died out.

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