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"Der Tag - The Day (Dia in Spanish - Den in Ukrainian)" (see related A | B | C), 1815 Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844) Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

In this "medalion", companion of another depicting Nix and Night nurturing the twins Hypnos and Thanatos, we see emblems of joy of being alive illuminated by a torch of vitaliy and sunlight. Being "awake", in contrast to somnolence, sleep and having "slipped" "away", mostly temporarily by being embraced by Hypnos, implies "being alive". Many children are afraid of "falling asleep" because instinctively they are aware that "awaking" is "not for sure" - there always is Thanatos, the twin of Hypnos offering permanet "sleep" - children are afraid of "passing away". So! - get out of you dormitory as soon as you are rested! Confront the "pink fingered" goddess Alba (dawn) with joy, shake away lethargy - it represents a prelude to lethality! Remember that to much sleep or dormir (sleep in Spanish) attracts Thantos. Celebrate the DAY which points to DIA - a goddess daughter of the god of winds Aeolous - she arrives with Alba and both are "passing through" to announce the arising DAY. You should be aware that we also celebrate DIA when we rely on a medical DIAlect and speak of DIAgnosis of DIAbetes or need for DIAlysis as well as when we blame DIAbolical devils for our ill fates.  
  
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