Dream interpretations have a long history, dating back to 3000-4000 BC. It is reasonable to presume however that dream interpretation may have started earlier than that or ever since the time that people started to look into the meanings behind their dreams.
Clay tablets were used to record dreams during the 3000 to 4000 BC. In the old days, some societies viewed the dream world as something not completely different from reality.
For them, dreaming was a more powerful reality than the actual physical world.
Dream interpretation and the Bible
One of the earliest references to dreams and their meanings is the Holy Bible. Many of the major characters in the Bible have meaningful dreams, including Joseph who was known as the King of Dreams. In the Bible, prophets were also known to dream about certain events.
In the story of the Nativity moreover, the Mary dreamed that an angel appeared to her and spoke to her about begetting a child.
Dream interpretations by the Chinese
Interpreting dreams was also a popular activity of the Chinese. According to ancient Chinese societies, dreaming was a place rather than an occurrence. It is where the soul travels to once it leaves the body upon sleeping.
The individual should not be suddenly awakened however, in case the soul fails to return to the body. Many other civilizations share this belief about dreaming moreover. Even the ancient Mexican and Native American civilizations believe that people can dream and make contact with their ancestors.
Sigmund Freud and the study of dreams
In the 19th century, Sigmund Freud gave a scientific dimension to the study of dreams. Freud’s studies recognized the importance in giving the right interpretation to dreams.
Nowadays, dream dictionaries and dream interpretation experts provide a way for people to seek deeper and more accurate meanings into their dreams.