…and I’m not only not afraid to say so, but I have a large devotional tattoo to her on my body.
She came to me like any other God, and we entered into a relationship the same way I did with Loki, or any of the other Gods I Work for.
I will elaborate on this more later, as I am not at home in the moment, and can’t write more. (In fact, I didn’t mean to publish this yet, but my phone had other plans.) But I want to address the current conversation about “fandom” and how it is different, and similar, to being devoted to a God. And how Gods come to be, through shared stories we use to explain phenomenon in our lives, and comic books/movies being the modern day version of those stories.
I am, in fact, not alone in the worship of The Endless from the comic book Sandman as Gods. I originally bonded with Kate Bornstein (gender pioneer and prolific author on being true to oneself) over The Endless as Gods. She, too, has permanently marked her body to show her devotion and love to them.
More later, I promise.
I was wondering when you were going to weigh in on this…
I have always felt The Endless to exist, some way or another. Maybe as egregores, maybe not – Neil Gaiman strikes me as some one with a lot of… Hm… Exotic contacts, if I may.
I have always felt deeply tied to Dream, myself. There’s a large section of my room that involves him–art, statues, and I used to have a costume which I would wear on Halloween (a recreation of his mask and a long cloak with pages of books sewn on it–creating a sort of raven-book like wings/cloak) and tell stories on the corners of streets and things. (At the time, I was a spiritual agnostic and in many ways, I acted FOR Dream, but I had no bearing as to what I really felt on the topic of gods. This was around the time when if someone asked, I started saying that if I had to have a god, it’d be Loki. This was about 7-8 years ago, now. Of course, I became atheist a year or so after, so ended my “telling stories” practice. Kind of sad on that, now.) So, I’d love to hear and learn more on what you have to say!
Del, you are a comic book character. Whereas serious pagans like me were made at the Children’s Television Workshop.
One thing I’ve always loved about Neil Gaiman’s work is that he has a touch of the shine to him – he *gets it* and more often than not, I read his stuff and go “Yes. That makes sense.” Particularly the concept laid out in American Gods. (That whole scene where Mr. Wednesday and Shaow go ‘bheind the scenes’ blew me away. And even the very idea that Gods from different pantheons might interact!)
I’m thinking it might be time for me to take another look at Sandman. I only ever read a few oneshots and attempted one of the trades, but I was much younger and it didin’t grab me. I think my tiny teenage mind couldn’t grok.
Yep. I hear you, Promethea taught me how to fly in dreams and have some pretty unusual insights. I actually just dropped by to thank you for some thoughtful words you had been so kind as to share with me a few months ago and look at this! Another awesome and relatable memory.
I won’t say that I worship the Endless, ’cause I don’t, but I’ve certainly done some work for them. Mostly Dream, but I’ve had a few requests from Death and Delirium. Hell I stopped cosplaying Delirium as much as I used to because it got to close to channeling and I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of her lose in my body, much less at at con in my body.
Just my two cents.