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Nicola Dal Falco Saturday, 25 January 2014

Writing the myth

 When I was asked to tell a new and different version of the story of the fall of the kingdom of Fanes, the first thing that came to mind was to not fall into the trap of the fantastic, but rather to follow the main route of imagery.

Writing the myth
“Myth is used to settle the books with the dark side.”

There is indeed a huge difference between fantasy and imagination. Having fantasies, letting your mind run wild, daydreaming, means projecting your ideals, expectations and memories into an adjacent, hypothetical or desired world.
On the other hand, imagining is the way in which culture acts on a deeper level. Through images we can connect with the past, studying the road paved by our predecessors.
The consciousness of being here and now, belonging to the world, rests far more on images than on words.
So who, if not Ey de Net, Eyes of the Night, can lead us beyond appearances, playing the game of life to the very end under the now bright, now evasive gaze of the moon?
As the alder said, on the chapter entitled ‘In viaggio’: "Magic does not change time, it can only tell of it. He who uses it otherwise, who thinks it is a means and does not understand that it is part of the song of things, turns it against himself. Is your heart wounded? Does it bleed like this bark? Nothing is by chance. Use the night to see."
So we can say that it is exactly the song of things that unravels the thread of the myth. 
Life calls life, even if death courts every moment. Myth serves to settle the books with the dark side, to perceive time fragmented by existence differently even if the myth offers no excuses. 
Promised time has an end and nothing can stand in the way of the fall of the kingdom, the closure of the cycle.
The only liberty allowed, in the time before the time which acts as a backdrop for the Ladin myths of the Dolomites, is that of recognising the signs used by the Great Goddess to set the wheel turning.
From this viewpoint, devotion covers the role of the founding sentiment of  humanity.
Only those who think they can do without, foolishly believing in the exclusive will, are destined to perish ignominiously. That indeed will be the fate of the false king. Not false as a liar, but false because he disagrees with fate.

Nicola Dal Falco
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