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The Book Duke of Zhou Interprets Dreams

Dream interpreting is popular in China, and the most famous reference for dream interpreting is the book Duke of Zhou Interprets Dreams.

Ancient Chinese people thought that dreams can imply auspicious and inauspicious things. The book Duke of Zhou Interprets Dreams was usually used as a reference for ancient people to interpret their dreams. Since different dreams have different meanings, people can get implications of auspiciousness or inauspiciousness by interpreting them, as ancient people had the idea that dreams were the implication from God.

When people dreamt of a tiger or of a snake, it meant auspicious things will happen to him or her. When people dreamt a snake coiled it implies his or her family will have unrest. When people dreamt his or her eyes blind, it symbolizes he or she can’t trust anybody, even the relatives and friends.

Dream Interpreting Has Some Scientific Basis

Actually, dream interpreting is not totally a superstition. It does have some scientific merit.

1. Dream is the reflection of fact. Many dreams are actually the repetition of things that happened in an awakened state. This kind of dream can be easily understood without dream interpreting.

2. Dream is the body’s self-implication. Traditional Chinese medical science stated that dreams are related to the health condition of human’s bodies. When Yin and Yang are unbalanced, dreams come into being. According to Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang were two opposing principles in nature: the former negative, the latter positive. Yin is female and Yang is male.

If someone dreamt that he or she was roasted by a big fire and it is too hot to bear, it means the body’s inner heat is too strong. As a result, he or she may easily get angry or nervous. If someone experiences anger in dreams, it signifies that his or her liver-fire is flaming, which may signal liver disease. When someone dreamt about frightening things, felt terrified and distressed, or even cried in a dream, it implies that he or she has lung dryness that may lead to lung disease.

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