The the gods that was emitted down

The history of dreams goes back to the beginning of
time. Since this particular phenomenon is experienced by people all around the world,
many have been fascinated and deeply interested on how and why dream works. 

The recording of dream interpretations goes all the way
back to 5000 to 3100 B.C. during the time of the Sumerians
in Mesopotamia where their gods and kings would record the said occurrences on a
clay tablet. Furthermore, they presumed that the dreamer would
actually leave their body during sleep and would travel to another dimension
known as the dream world. They believed that this occurrence happens when the
mind is in the state of dreaming. Subsequently,
the first
culture that categorized different types of dreams were the Babylonians and
Assyrians. They believed that there are two types of dreams: the good and the
bad. As the first one was believed to be sent out by gods and the latter were from
demons. They also saw dreams as a premonition or prophesy that was sent
out from the
dream world about the future happenings.1

During the time of the ancient Egypt which dates back to
2000 B.C., the Egyptians wrote down their dreams on papyrus? a material similar
to a thick of paper that was made from the pithy stem of a water plant. They
gave such high value on dreams that they hoisted a temple devoted to dreaming.
Dream interpreters were highly respected and honored in Ancient Egyptian
society. They were the first culture to create a dream dictionary which is a
book with nearly 200 messages from the gods that was emitted down through
dreams.2

In ancient Greece, it was believed that dreams were
messages from their gods, goddesses and even from the perished ones. They
consider and use dreams as a premonition or predictions that are going to occur
sometime in the future. They take this as their beacon to clarify the obstacles
they face and to guide them with their decisions in life.

In the 5th century B.C., the concept about
dreams and dream interpretation began to change. Philosophers became
influential as they introduced each of their theories regarding dreams. Their
belief on gods, goddesses and other peculiar forces being involved in one’s
dreams slowly started to vanish. The Greeks started to believe that dreams were
composed solely from the dreamer’s mind. This idea was made known by a Greek
philosopher known as Heraclitus. Moreover, Plato contributed to the theory by suggesting that dreams
signaled a person’s state of mind and that they are a guide to tell the dreamer
on how they were supposed to live their life. Furthermore, a philosopher
named Aristotle amplified Plato’s view, saying that all dreams are relevant to
the things or images that the dreamer sees on their waking reality. For
example, when a person dreams about a place he’s never been before this is due
to the memory of the person’s mind. He might have seen an image or a name similar
to the place that triggered the dream from happening. Aristotle also presumed
that dreams could be a symbol for other things in the dreamer’s waking life
such as sensations, feelings, and images.3    

1  Amy Cope, “History of Dreams”, http://amycope.com/history-of-dreams/,
 Accessed: December 18, 2017.

2 Ibid.

 

3 Ibid.