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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Dreams and Cultures

Did you know that ancient cultures have been fascinated about dreams even before dream interpretation had been popularized by Sigmund Freud?  It seems that even during the ancient civilizations dreams have had a high reverence in the different cultures all over the world.  Some cultures regarded dreams as messages from the gods while some saw dreams as warnings and omens, and even one culture used dreams in order to cure illnesses and disease.

The Babylonians had a simple take on dreams.  When dreams were good, they were from the gods.  However when one had nightmares or bad dreams then these were generally interpreted as demonic.

The Romans however, took dreams a little more seriously than the Babylonians.  Dreams were subject to debate in the senate and were regarded as messages from the gods.  The dreams were then interpreted and these were used as “guides” as to how the state proceeds with certain laws, actions and even war.

The Greeks were even more meticulous than their Roman counterparts.  The Greeks would purify themselves for two days before sleeping in temples in order to receive messages from the gods.  They would fast, abstain from sex and eat no meat or fowl.  The potential dreamer would then sleep in the temple of the god which he wished to invoke.  They believed that Hypnos would then send his son Morpheus in order to warn or give prophecies to those who slept at his temples.

The Hebrews like most other cultures believed that dreams were messages from the gods.  However, the Hebrews were monotheistic and believed in only one god.  So when they dreamed, they believed that it was God who spoke to them.

Lots of the Bible characters that we know used dreams to guide them and rally the Hebrews.  Jacob for example dreamed of a very tall ladder which reached the heavens where God stood at the very top.  He was promised by God that Israel would forever belong to the Jewish people.  It is these types of dreams and prophecy that had a great impact on the Hebrew religion and culture.

The Assyrians saw dreams as omens.  In fact one of the earliest recorded dreams was written in a clay tablet that was found in Nineveh and dated back to the time of King Ashurbanipal.  It stated that when one keeps on dreaming about flying, then all he owns will be lost.   The Assyrians believed that bad dreams are a sign that something is wrong, and that whatever it is should be corrected.  They also believed that one should always follow the advice in their dreams.

Dream interpretation during ancient times was centered on the gods and omens.  This is because man even during his infancy, sought to better himself and sought guidance from higher powers.  The same is still true in our modern world.  Dreams are thought of by some people as signs, communications from our subconscious mind or even our “inner selves” seeking attention.  Man’s fascinations with dreams are still on going even with the varied explanations and studies as to why we dream in the first place.

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One Response to “Dreams and Cultures”

Pres

Wonderful article! It was insightful to see how some ancient cultures looked at dreams.

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