The Legends of a Dreamcatcher - Dreams and Spider Web.

Studies agree that we all dream, whether we remember or not. If you are part of the first category, you may sometimes wonder, especially in the case of strange dreams, what they have generated and whether they have a meaning. And these questions are not of yesterday, the interpretation of dreams being found in many cultures, beliefs, and religions, becoming even a subject of psychological study (Freud and Jung, for example, regarded them as manifestations of the subconscious).

For American Indians, dreams are closely related to the soul and print the course of life. An important part of the Ojibwe or Chippewa culture (one of the best-represented tribes), the dreams fulfill multiple roles: they can be prophetic, they can show the solution at a difficult time, it is even said that no newborn has received its name that it be indicated in the dream of the person who would call it.

   Maybe this mentality also derived the desire to influence the dreams, keeping the "good" ones by removing the "bad" ones. And here comes the dreamcatcher. And I will continue to use this term since the "dreamer" translation sounds horrible.

   Ethnographer Frances Densmore documented in 1929 the Ojibwe custom to protect the children's sleep with the help of the dreamcatcher. The night air is full of dreams. The beautiful ones are clear and clear and find their way to the sleeping one, while the ugly, confused dreams tangle in a warp similar to a spider web and remain a prisoner, disappearing with the first rays of sunshine.
The original Dreamcatcher was made up of a wooden ring (circular or tear-shaped) that embraced the spider web and was decorated with feathers to help the dream slip into the sleeping mind. These components were later added beads (symbolizing the spider or good dreams), stones (which took the role of feathers) and arrowheads (symbolizing increased protection or indicating the four directions from which wind blowing dreams).

   From Ojibwe, the dreamcatcher migrated first to the neighbor tribe, Lakota, then spreading and becoming a tradition of American Indians. Also from the two tribes come up to us 3 legends of the dreamcatcher's appearance.

   In the first legend of Ojibwe, the dreamcatcher was offered by a spider to a woman who prevented her nephew from killing and destroying him. As a sign of gratitude, the spider created a magical canvas, a bond between her and the moon, to protect her during her sleep and to keep her from hateful dreams.

   The second Ojibwe legend carries us to ancient times, where all the Ojibwe clans lived as one nation in Turtle Island, and Asibikaasi (the spider woman) was their protector. When the tribes began to spread throughout North America, Asibikaasi taught women to make dreamcatchers to protect their own families.

   The legend of Lakota speaks of the vision of a tribe chief whose spirit Iktomi showed him in a spider's body and offered him a protective cloth weaving in a wooden circle. The ring symbolized the circle of life, the transition from mature to childhood to adult, then old age. In each of these stages, individual choices are influenced by the cumulation of forces, good and bad. The bad ones will lead you in the wrong direction and hurt you, interfering with the harmony of nature and the teachings of the "Great Spirit." Unlike the Ojibwe variants, in this sense, the spider web was meant to keep captives dreams and good ideas, while the night wind removed the bad ones as they fell through the center of the canvas.
A fourth story is worth to be told because it reflects very well the concept of harmony underlying this symbol. In olden times, children began to have bad dreams, which they were telling each other, becoming increasingly unhappy. Worried, parents asked for the help of the shaman who promised to enter into the dream world, looking for a solution. The four elemental spirits (air, water, fire, and earth) already knew the problem of humans. The wind had carried the words to the other elements, and as all of them loved children, they wanted to see them happy again. They dreamed with Shaman for a long time, they discovered that the air can bear the dreams of the children, the earth can keep them in its circle, the water can separate those desirable from the unwanted ones, and the fire can burn the bad ones using the morning sun's rays. But there was something missing: air dreams had to be caught, and no matter how much they thought, they did not find a solution. But the spider pursued their efforts in the shadow. Just as the elements of nature made life possible, it will also help them bring the joy of the children, weaving the canvas from which only the good dreams can move on to the one that is sleeping.

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