The interpretation of dreams in Chinese culture

by Jing Pei Fang

Other authorsJuwen Zhang
Book, 2000



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New York : Weatherhill, 2000.

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Dream analysts at the Chinese court are mentioned in historical sources dating from the second millennium B.C., while belief in portents, omens and systems of prognostication have kept dream imagery and its interpretation very much in the mainstream of Chinese popular culture. This book, illustrated with woodblock prints from classical texts, presents an overview of the subject of dream interpretation in traditional China and an alphabetical compilation of Chinese dream images and their meanings. Perusing them offers extraordinary insights into a dynamic culture with ancient roots, and leads us to a deeper appreciation of goals and aspirations common to humanity, as well as the differences that derive from our cultural diversity.
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