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A Bridge Too Far 24/41

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MThorn: What’s the language on these signs? Do you speak that, too?

Thorn: That’s Iudish, and no, but Grandma Mulberry did. You’re sure you’re called “Iuilic” in your own world? 

MThorn: Yes! It’s an ethnic group, it’s just not this . . . involved! 

Thorn: None of this is familiar? The traditional tapestries, the two-moon lamps?

MThorn: No!

Thorn: Have you at least heard of the Sisters?

MThorn: Yes, but they were always just a nice fairy tale . . . People here used to worship them?

Thorn: You don’t know who these are? At all?

MThorn: I’m only up to sophomore history. Maybe they get taught later?

Thorn: I had picture books about them in elementary school.

Oy! This would break your poor grandmother’s heart, over here.

MThorn: . . . Okay, doing that is familiar.

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…that diorama got me thinking – I used to volunteer at a living museum (Sovereign Hill in Australia – we re-enact what it was like during of the gold rush, so you can somewhat experience it, but with your digital cameras in hand), and I was wondering if there are any museums that employ Tamaputians to re-enact in their dioramas to get a similar effect without having to take up a large chunk of land?

Hmm.. that sounds like something that aspiring performers might do before “hitting it big”, like role-playing in amusement parks, or dinner theater?

Am I running down anybody by making that comparison?

I did it for fun (and because my parents were doing it and I was a kid – but I doubt they would’ve forced me to if I didn’t enjoy it), but my younger brother did go on to do a course in acting, as well as become a magician that gets paid more than he expected…

In the case of Sovereign Hill, there were the volunteers, who were obviously just doing it because they wanted to, the shopkeepers and craftsmen, who had legitimate businesses that just happened to involve them doing period crafts in period attire, in a period setting, and I think there were some paid costumed staff for the more major parts (like the redcoats that would give a gun salute several times a day, and the mine tours might’ve been done by paid staff).

But really, I just got the impression that those that were there were only there because they wanted to be.

Tamaputian: I’m broke and in need of a gig, so I have no problem with mimicking important parts of your ethnic and cultural heritage in exchange for money, but doesn’t it seem like you’re exploiting cheap labor as a substitute for land and full size sets at the expense of your institution’s credibility?

Director: Ironically, that’s actually the most culturally authentic part of this whole exhibit.

If there’s a general category of operation that specializes in “make what little we’ve got stretch as far as possible” more than small museums, I’m not sure what it is. Lots of historical museums I’m aware of would love to have living history reenactors, but are generally more worried about keeping the lights on. (Okay yes, almost every non-profit that isn’t a household name has the same issues).

In other words, I don’t think the director would be ashamed of a creative solution at a low cost.

Absolutely!

I think the biggest limiting factor is “the number of Tamaputians living here is low to begin with, so how many can we find who are (a) hardcore-enough history nerds, and (b) good-enough performers?” On the other hand, for anyone who’s in that category, it has to be verrry easy to get a work visa from wherever to wherever.

oh man, i’ve had some thoughts about how writing a self-insert isekai story would be fun, but it gets tricky the further it gets from normal earth, because getting suddenly transported to a universe with no other jews and no clear way of ever getting back? that is, for me, top-tier existential horror.

You could throw some Jewish people in there anyway? Narnia certainly wasn’t shy about “followers of Aslan are literally just followers of Jesus But He’s Manifesting As A Lion Today.”

And Hello From The Magic Tavern revealed that a Jewish guy was isekai’d into that dimension years before the main character, and spread his traditions so effectively that all the local fantasy creatures have at least heard of them.

haha true! i’m very fond of shira glassman’s “the second mango” and sequels for that exact reason. “yes, this is a magical world with wizards and dragons and pixies and a history and geography completely unlike earth, and ALSO there are jews, by that name and celebrating passover and keeping kosher and whatnot. don’t worry about it!”

it would also be very funny for my self-insert to assume that they’re now the Only Jew In The Whole World and then get stopped short by one of their new companions going, “oh, just like those people at [very jewish synagogue name] in [nearby village].”

i think i’ve only vaguely heard of that podcast before, but now it’s definitely going in my queue!

Ok, this is weird. today in “line” messaging app, the small preview for this link was of tomorrows page. It containined a dragon skull and magical thorn. Went trough all of Lil thorns pages. We haven’t seen it yet. I wonder how?

I uploaded the wrong Sunday page to this post at first, but noticed and fixed it long before it got published! Wordpress must have auto-generated a thumbnail of the first version. Should’ve been overwritten, though, so it’s weird and disconcerting that an app is picking the old one up.

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