Dreaming in the World's Religions A Comparative History

ISBN-10: 0814799574
ISBN-13: 9780814799574
Edition: 2008
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

A pleasure to read, well written and full of fascinating examples. It is unique in combining a sensitive and sympathetic understanding of the religious meanings of dreams with a state-of-the-art treatment of the insights that cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology bring to our understanding of them. Wendy Doniger, author of Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities Offers a sophisticated, yet easily accessible and engaging discussion of how and in what way dreams and a broad range of the worlds religions have enjoyed mutual influence throughout history. Nina P. Azari, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopaedia of Religions and Sciences From Biblical stories of Joseph interpreting Pharohs dreams in Egypt to prayers against bad dreams in the Hindu Rg Veda, cultures all over the world have seen their dreams first and foremost as religiously meaningful experiences. In this widely shared view, dreams are a powerful medium of transpersonal guidance offering the opportunity to communicate with sacred beings, gain valuable wisdom and power, heal suffering, and explore new realms of existence. Conversely, the worlds religious and spiritual traditions provide the best source of historical information about the broad patterns of human dream life. Dreaming in the Worlds Religions provides an authoritative and engaging one-volume resource for the study of dreaming and religion. It tells the story of how dreaming has shaped the religious history of humankind, from the Upanishads of Hinduism to the Quran of Islam, from the conception dream of Buddhas mother to the sexually tempting nightmares of St. Augustine, from the Ojibwa vision quest to Australian Aboriginal journeys in the Dreamtime. Bringing his background in psychology to bear, Kelly Bulkeley incorporates an accessible consideration of cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology into this fascinating overview. Dreaming in the Worlds Religions offers a carefully researched, accessibly written portrait of dreaming as a powerful, unpredictable, often iconoclastic force in human religious life.

Kelly Bulkeley is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is a former President of the Association for the Study of Dreams. His books include The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture; An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming; Visions of the Night: Dreams, Religion, and Psychology; and The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion with and beyond Cognitive Neuroscience.

Acknowledgments
Note on Translations
Introduction
Hinduism
Chinese Religions
Buddhism
Religions of the Fertile Crescent
Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
Christianity
Islam
Religions of Africa
Religions of Oceania
Religions of the Americas
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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