By Neil Gaiman
The destiny of the full universe hangs within the stability while Dream ultimately will get his mother’s complete recognition. Magic, pleasure, warfare and heartbreak are dropped at lifestyles at the pages with epic luminosity within the penultimate factor of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE.
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In support of the identification of these possible dramas as stories, we can turn to evidence from a different medium again, that can also suggest what the stories were for. How would these funerary plays work, and what would they say? There are clues to be found in a special form of monument found in a special place, the picture stones of Gotland. Although they reached their zenith in the Viking Age, carved stone memorials to the dead had been raised by Gotlanders since at least the fifth century AD, increasing in size over time.
46 The detail of the stories is deliberately omitted, and the same idea of hidden powers is a common theme in the mythological poems of the Eddas, with their lists of spells and charms, of knowledge 37 more than my thology dearly bought and only sparingly communicated. 47 While we have known for centuries that many of the poems are divided up into a number of ‘speaking parts’ and characters, it is now clear that the manuscripts also contain what amount to stage directions and marginal notes for actors.
Yet the false assumptions inherent in such claims should not lead us to the conclusion that the community never existed; it simply means that it was not coherent enough to fit the stereotype. Furthermore, it would be utterly misleading to locate the germ of a disastrous political project in its rhetoric. The scholarly characterization of ethnicity as a social construct is a truism. No serious scholar would claim that ethnicities are naturally given. They are always the result of human negotiations and persuasions.