Dream Cultures: Explorations in the Comparative History of Dreaming

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David Shulman, Guy G. Stroumsa
Oxford University Press, 1999 M07 8 - 336 pages
This volume offers a comparative, cross-cultural history of dreams. The essays examine a wide range of texts concerning dreams, as culled from a rich variety of religious contexts: China, India, the Americas, classical Greek and Roman antiquity, early Christianity, and medieval Judaism and Islam. Taken together, these pieces constitute an important first step toward a new understanding of the differences and similarities between the ways in which different cultures experience the universal yet utterly unique world of dreams.

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Dreams of Interpretation in Early Chinese Historical and Philosophical Writings
Dreaming the Self in South India
The Dreams and Dramas of a Jealous Hindu Queen
Sharing and Interpreting Dreams in Amerindian Nations
Mythic Dreams and Double Voicing
Dream Interpretation in a Prosperous Age? Artemidorus the Greek Interpreter of Dreams
On the Mantic Meaning of Incestuous Dreams
Dreams and Visions in Early Christian Discourse
Communication with the Dead in Jewish Dream Culture
Astral Dreams in Judaism Twelfth to Fourteenth Centuries
Dreaming Analyzed and Recorded Dreams in the World of Medieval Islam
The Liminality and Centrality of Dreams in the Medieval West
Engendering Dreams The Dreams of Adam and Eve in Miltons Paradise Lost
The Cultural Index of Freuds Interpretation of Dreams

Idolum and Imago Roman Dreams and Dream Theories Hubert Cancik

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Page 300 - I consider as an echo of the former, co-existing with the conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree and in the mode of its operation. It dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to recreate; or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still at all events it Struggles to idealize and to unify. It is essentially vital, even as all objects (as objects) are essentially fixed and dead.
Page 295 - Created pure. But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties, that serve Reason as chief ; among these Fancy next Her office holds ; of all external things, Which the five watchful senses represent, She forms imaginations, aery shapes, Which Reason, joining or disjoining, frames All what we affirm or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion ; then retires Into her private cell, when Nature rests. Oft in her absence mimick Fancy wakes To imitate her ; but, misjoining shapes, Wild work produces...
Page 226 - God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Page 297 - My drowsed sense; untroubled, though I thought I then was passing to my former state Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve...
Page 296 - For man to tell how human life began Is hard; for who himself beginning knew? Desire with thee still longer to converse Induced me. As new waked from soundest sleep, Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed. Straight toward Heaven my...
Page 291 - Him there they found Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve, Assaying by his devilish art to reach The organs of her fancy', and with them forge Illusions, as he list, phantasms and dreams...
Page 300 - And yet such a fate can only befall those who delight in sensation rather than hunger as you do after Truth. Adam's dream will do here and seems to be a conviction that Imagination and its empyreal reflection is the same as human Life and its spiritual repetition.
Page 226 - OH THAT I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness...
Page 298 - And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every, tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food ; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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