Folklore Thursday – The Sandman
The SANDMAN is a mythical character in Western and Northern European folklore who puts people to sleep and brings good dreams by sprinkling magical sand onto the eyes of people while they sleep at night. Traditionally, he is a character in many children’s stories and books. In Scandinavian folklore he is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the child at night to bring on dreams and… sleep. The grit or “sleep” (rheum) in one’s eyes upon waking is supposed to be the result of the Sandman’s work the previous day.
There are also connections to the ancient Greek deity of dreams, Morpheus, who could enter one’s sleep and cast dreams, premonitions and visions each night…