Today, we’re dreaming like Egyptians! Like a lot of early societies, ancient Egyptians believed dreams were messages from the gods and would make important decisions based on their dreams. They would visit dream temples to illicit dreams to learn and make decisions, aka dream incubation.
“There were dream temples built specifically for this reason. The temples were open to everyone who believed in the god the temple was dedicated to, as long as they were considered pure. To achieve this, the person often went through a ritual of cleansing that included fasting and abstinence for several days prior to entering the temple to assure their purity.
After they spent a few days not eating and not doing the horizontal monster mash, the person was ready for dream incubation! The name of the god the person hoped to contact at the temple was written on a piece of linen and that linen cloth was burned in a lamp while at the temple. To help call the god, the dreamer would often recite a special prayer to him or her. Once they visited the ancient Egypt dream temple, the person would often go to a priest or dream interpreter for dream analysis.” They would keep Dream Books (essentially a dream journal where they recorded the dream and interpreted them)
What kind of dreams would they have?
Common dreams included teeth falling out and stones breaking, drowning in the Nile, and one’s face turning into a leopard was common. I wonder if it had something to do with many Egyptians gods and goddesses having human bodies and animal heads. Leopards were very popular in ancient Egypt where they represented determination and power. Last year, archaeologists working in a necropolis near Aswan discovered a sarcophagus with a leopard painted above where the mummy’s head would have been. The animal's representation in the tomb was likely intended to strengthen the spirit of the recently deceased for the journey to the land of the dead.
"I too would like cats painted on my coffin." - Cecilia
The Egyptians were great believers in dreams and their powers and influence. The Dream Book is a papyrus that contains dream examples and dream interpretations and it is believed to date back to the early reign of Ramesses II. All dreams were listed as good or bad, with the bad dreams being written in red, which was the color of a bad omen. The Dream Book is currently part of the archives at the British Museum in London.
Also, they had professional dream interpreters! Some of our biblical scholars and musical aficionados may remember Joseph of “Joseph and the Amazing Techni-Color Dream Coat”!
All of the dreams that we analyze in the 2nd part of our podcast are all listener submitted. If you would like to submit your dream, you can do so on our website, 1800dreamzz.com - We accept any and all dreams, as many times as you want. Boring dreams, interesting dreams, we want to hear from you! If you’re having trouble remembering your dreams, please check out our free Dream Journaling Tips & Tricks on our website. And remember, the more you pay attention to your dreams, the better you will remember them. We hope you enjoyed learning about Egyptian dreams!.
Sleep tight! And remember, don’t let the Egyptian dreams or scarab beetles bite! Night night!
Amelia & Cecilia