06 June 2012

I have just received a Chinese encyclopedia of dreams from 1562.

8 comments:

Boris Kane said...

what

wrenna said...

It has sections on how to interpret mountains and trees, as well as gods and strange things, the official examinations, longevity and destiny, dragons and snakes, reward and retribution, and birds, among other things. The book is Wandering Spirits: Chen Shiyuan's Encyclopedia of Dreams translated by Richard Strassberg. Cheap on Alibris.

thegirlleastlikelyto said...

!!

wrenna said...

The cultural and scientific history of China I was introduced to last year really cannot be beat for charm. Chen Shiyuan considered dreams an integral part of lived experience.

lostgander said...

I concur with Chen Shiyuan.

wrenna said...

My dreams are mostly morning nonsense. You're lucky if your dreams are good.

lostgander said...

I've been keeping a dream journal regularly for the past three years, and intermittently before that. Today I flipped back through it for the first time in quite awhile and was amazed how easily a few sentences of description could instantly transport me back to individual dream atmospheres. I know that if I didn't write those sentences down first thing each morning, though, that they'd be lost forever, and I find that tragic.

wrenna said...

I stopped dreaming frequently after having a nightmare of my mother stabbing everyone to death at the end of the world. I was in my early years of elementary school and those were days of cults and serial killers. I am waiting for a dream so that I can consult my encyclopedia. Most mornings I am greeted by a purring cat. Your dream life sounds very rich.