Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History

Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History

by Kelly Bulkeley, Linda Schlossberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814799574

ISBN-13: 9780814799574

Pub. Date: 07/19/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814799574
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Translations
Introduction
1 Hinduism
2 Chinese Religions
3 Buddhism
4 Religions of the Fertile Crescent
5 Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
6 Christianity
7 Islam
8 Religions of Africa
9 Religions of Oceania
10 Religions of the Americas
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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