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Dreams as Gods and Gods in Dreams. Dream-Realities in Ancient Mesopotamia from the 3rd to the 1st Millennium B.C.

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This chapter tries to account for the importance of dreams to the inhabitants of Ancient Mesopotamia by enquiring into the "who", "how", and "why" of dreams. In other words, it studies the protagonists that appear in dreams, the phenomenology of dreams and the anthropological basis of dreaming, and finally the essence of dreams. The chapter obtains insights into Mesopotamian dream theory and its anthropological and theological bases, proposes a terminology for the classification of dreams, and shows how parts of the dream theory of Sigmund Freud can be adapted to this material, which is very different from that of the inhabitants of Vienna in 1900 or Philadelphia and Uppsala in 2010. In phenomenological terms the author identified Mesopotamian dreams as "external dreams" as opposed to modern Western "internal dreams". The author suggested that the conception of zaqīqu-"dream spirit" serves as the anthropological foundation for these external dreams.

Keywords: Ancient Mesopotamia; external dreams; Gods; internal dreams; Mesopotamian dream theory; Sigmund Freud; zaqiqu



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