The Dance of Scheherazade.
Almost everybody knows the story of Scheherazade a legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights... The frame tale goes that every day Shahryar, a Persian king would marry a new virgin, and every day he would send yesterday's wife to be beheaded (as we know it’s not only eastern custom, just remember the life of British King Henry VIII and his wives). Shahryar had killed three thousand such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter. Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the King but asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dinazade, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. She didn’t finish that story to the end of the night and continued it and many others during the next thousand nights. At the end of one thousand and one nights, and one thousand stories, the King had fallen in love with Scheherazade, and had had three sons with her. So, having been made a wiser and kinder man by Scheherazade and her tales, he spared her life, and made her his Queen...
This is the story but I think that Scheherazade deserved the love of King not only for her fairy tales.
It said she was a beauty and as every eastern beauty could dance. I guess her dances (between the stories) were as well enchanting as her tales... I remembered all this when I was in a Palace of Alhambra in Granada, in it’s Harem where many other beauties told the stories and enchanted other kings by love and dances...
The literal translation of Alhambra, "red fortress", reflects the color of the red clay of the surroundings of which the fort is made. The buildings of the Alhambra were originally whitewashed; however, the buildings now seen today are reddish... The city of Granada had many turns in it’s many centuries history. Ibero-Celtic settlement, Ancient Greece and Rome, Visigoths, Moors (almost 800 years)... and Castilian Crown. For all that time the city had many rulers and many names: Elibyrge, Illiberis, Elvira. Pre-moorish sephardic community established itself in what was effectively a suburb of the city, called "Gárnata"... and don’t forget that “granada” means pomegranate in Spanish and is the heraldic device of this city.
All this transformed in my mind into fantastic picture - the beautiful girl between red walls makes the dance of love, stepping on pomegranate seeds covering the ancient stones. I figured out myself as an ancient king enchanted by this beautiful girl, who’s dance I saw... in reality in small tablao of Albyzin - old moorich district of Granada.
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