Join a Tellers, Tales, Tradition weekend in Dollis Hill, London NW10.
You are invited to a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling for adults with Shonaleigh, the world-renowned tradition bearer and storyteller. This is a rare chance to hear these ancient tales in the light and on the tongue, stories untold for two generations and barely spoken of for decades.
Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters belongs to the Cycle of Hillel, which is the first of twelve epic, latticed, interlinked cycles of stories passed down through generations of Jewish women.
When Adam and Eve are thrown out of paradise, they are each given a number of gifts. Among the gifts given to Eve is a bag of treasure – not treasure of gold, silver, or jewels, but treasure of a far more precious nature – five hundred and forty-seven herbs, seeds, and plants that will cure all mortal ills.
When Cain kills Abel, Eve cries to the heavens in anguish, “Give me daughters!” Her wish is granted and she is blessed with three beautiful daughters, to whom she passes on her treasures.
These women walk the world still… but what happened to the gifts they received from Eve?
Shonaleigh is a Druts’yla, and carries on a living unbroken oral tradition passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. She knows around 4,000 tales that she can recall on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’.
This telling of the Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters will be recorded as part of the Last Drut’syla Project to create an archive of this tradition’s stories. This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in stories or in oral and lost cultures to come and help document and archive this tradition through listening, requesting stories, and asking questions.
Note that this is happening within a home environment and is not suitable for anyone with an allergy to cats.
Suitable for adults and 14+ only.
The cost for the weekend including lunch and supper on Saturday, and teas and snacks is £85. You’ll need to arrange your own accommodation.