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Dream Beliefs in Other Times and Places | BYBS

September 26, 2009 on 12:31 pm | In History and Beliefs | No Comments
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Dreaming can be seen as your spirit and soul leaving your body every night and going to visit an actual place. The ancient Chinese people traditionally believed that the soul leaves the body to go into that dream world.

In traditional Chinese belief, if a dreamer was suddenly awakened, their soul might fail to return to their body. Because of that traditional belief, some Chinese people, even today, are wary of alarm clocks.

Some native North American nations and ancient Mexican civilizations shared the belief that there was a distinct dream dimension. They believe that their ancestors lived in their dreams and could take on nonhuman forms like plants.

People in many cultures of the Americas traditionally saw dreaming as a way of visiting and communicating with their ancestors. Dreams also helped to them to find their mission or role in life.

In contrast, in Europe during the Middle Ages dreams were seen as evil. Dream images were believed to be temptations from the devil. In the vulnerable sleep state, the devil was believed to fill the minds of humans with evil thoughts. He did his dirty work though dreams attempting to mislead humans down the wrong path.

In the early 19th century, dreams were dismissed as mere physical effects. Dreams were thought to be caused by anxiety, a household noise or even indigestion. So they believed that there was really no meaning to it.

Late in the 19th century, Sigmund Freud revived belief in the importance of dreams and in their significance and the need for interpretation. Freud revolutionized the study of dreams.

Returning the study of dreams to an important place in European and American thought and the science of the mind: What a blessing!

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