Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History (Google eBook)

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NYU Press, Jul 19, 2008 - Religion - 352 pages
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From Biblical stories of Joseph interpreting Pharoh’s dreams in Egypt to prayers against bad dreams in the Hindu Rg Veda, cultures all over the world have seen their dreams first and foremost as religiously meaningful experiences. In this widely shared view, dreams are a powerful medium of transpersonal guidance offering the opportunity to communicate with sacred beings, gain valuable wisdom and power, heal suffering, and explore new realms of existence. Conversely, the world’s religious and spiritual traditions provide the best source of historical information about the broad patterns of human dream life

Dreaming in the World’s Religions provides an authoritative and engaging one-volume resource for the study of dreaming and religion. It tells the story of how dreaming has shaped the religious history of humankind, from the Upanishads of Hinduism to the Qur’an of Islam, from the conception dream of Buddhas mother to the sexually tempting nightmares of St. Augustine, from the Ojibwa vision quest to Australian Aboriginal journeys in the Dreamtime. Bringing his background in psychology to bear, Kelly Bulkeley incorporates an accessible consideration of cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology into this fascinating overview.

Dreaming in the World’s Religions offers a carefully researched, accessibly written portrait of dreaming as a powerful, unpredictable, often iconoclastic force in human religious life.

  

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Do our dreams mean anything? If they do, can we usefully discern what that meaning is? Psychologists and neuroscientists have recently been working on these questions. As Bulkeley (visiting scholar ... Read full review

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An objective wide-ranging yet focused examination of the impact and nuances of dreaming on the cultures and religious traditions throughout the world. Even-handed, educational, and insightful. Read full review

Contents

Hinduism
20
Chinese Religions
50
Buddhism
79
Religions of the Fertile Crescent
110
Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
138
Christianity
167
Islam
192
Religions of Africa
213
Religions of Oceania
231
Religions of the Americas
249
Conclusion
269
Notes
281
Bibliography
301
Index
319
About the Author
331
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