ANCIENT SYSTEMS OF DREAM-CLASSIFICATION BY A. H. M. KESSELS I One of man's least explainable experiences is his dream-life. This is certainly the case with people of a modest cultural back- ground, for whom the rational explanation of things has only just started. This quest for a rational explanation did not start in the same age for all known phenomena. It was only in classical antiquity that serious efforts were first made to provide a rationale for most of them. This is certainly true of the problem of the dream. It should be borne in mind that it is a great achievement when man begins to realize that between the dream-world and the waking-world exists a very fundamental difference. What this difference really is, and how it can be established, is of course another question, that is beyond the scope of this investigation. It may only be remarked in passing that even in antiquity one meets awareness of the problem that strictly speaking there is no real criterion to distinguish between these two worlds 1). Of course from the above it cannot be concluded that 'originally' there was a situation in which primitive man did not mark any
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1969
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