Story telling has been around for a very long time. Many cultures did not write their tales down they were told orally. Indigenous people of the Americas still do this today.
Celts also had and still have their own Seanchaithe ( story tellers and Historians of their culture.) A Seanchai is a singlular story teller.
In ancient times a Seanchaithe served the Clan Chiefs by sharing their Gaelic tales around a fire or hearth. The old lore was called Seanchaí. Each storyteller told their tales with their own flare and dialect.
Source & Reference:
- Robinson, M (1985) The Concise Scots Dictionary Chambers, Oxford ISBN 0-08-028491-4
- Illustration of a Seanchaí sharing a story (Public Domain)