A performance [of an Iranian professional storyteller] lasts approximately one hour and half. […] The story is serialized, a new segment being told at each session. […] The storyteller watches his time very carefully. If he goes over the allotted time, his audience is apt to leave before he has finished. When the allotted time is over, the storyteller ends his story, calling down blessings on those people giving him money.
Mary Ellen Page, “Professional storytelling in Iran: Transmission and practice”, Iranian Studies, vol. 12, 1979, pp. 197-198
Illustration inspired by the pottery of the Mimbres People, New Mexico