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Anthropological and Psychological Interpretations

Edited by Barbara Tedlock

The ten contributors to this book-anthropologists and psychologists-explore the ways in which dreams are remembered, recounted, shared (or not shared), interpreted, and used by people from New Guinea to the Andes. The authors take a major step toward moving the study of dreaming from the margins to the mainstream of anthropological thought.

1992. 320 pp., 4 black-and-white illustrations, 2 appendices, notes, reference, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: Ellen B. Basso, Michael F. Brown, Gilbert Herdt, John Homiak, Benjamin Kilborne, Bruce Mannheim, William Merrill, Douglass Price-Williams, Barbara Tedlock

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“[This volume] consists of ten richly documented ethnographic essays… Like all good anthropology, this book opens our eyes to the great variety of human experience and thought and points out the limitations of our own ways of conceptualizing the world and human behavior. I highly recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in dreams and dreaming processes.”
—Douglas Hollan, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Vol. 177, no. 9

“A must for anyone intrigued by dreaming.”
—American Ethnologist, 1990

“This is a stimulating book with much to offer on a variety of topics … especially as a contribution to a more subtle understanding of dreaming as a human, and therefore basically cultural phenomenon.”
—Armin W. Geertz, Ethnos (1988)

“This fine volume is the product of an advanced seminar held at the School of American Research in 1982… [It] represents a true advance and a real contribution to the anthropological study of dreams. It also reflects the great variety of theoretical approaches and research methodologies currently used by American cultural anthropologists… [T]his book will prove stimulating to many researchers of diverse persuasions.”
—Erika Bourguignon, Medical Anthropology Quarterly Vol. 4, no. 2 (1990)

“[This volume] represents a truly significant step toward a more adequate cultural approach to the study of dreaming.”
—John L. Caughey, Anthropology and Humanism Vol. 18, no. 1 (June 1993)


  1. Dreaming and dream research
    Barbara Tedlock
  2. Myths in dreams, thought in images: an Amazonian contribution to the psychoanalytic theory of primary process
    Waud Kracke
  3. Selfhood and discourse in Sambia dream sharing
    Gilbert Herdt
  4. The implications of a progressive theory of dreaming
    Ellen B. Basso
  5. Zuni and Quiche dream sharing and interpreting
    Barbara Tedlock
  6. A semiotic of Andean dreams
    Bruce Mannheim
  7. Robes of sand: order and imagery in Aguaruna dreams
    Michael F. Brown
  8. On classifying dreams
    Benjamin Kilborne
  9. The Raramuri stereotype of dreams
    William Merrill
  10. The Mystic revelation of Rasta Far-Eye: visionary communication in a prophetic movement
    John Homiak
  11. The waking dream in ethnographic perspective
    Douglass Price-Williams
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