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The Awakened OnesPhenomenology of Visionary Experience$
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Gananath Obeyesekere

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153621

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153621.001.0001

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Modernity and the Dreaming

Modernity and the Dreaming

(p.363) Book 7 Modernity and the Dreaming
The Awakened Ones

Gananath Obeyesekere

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Western dreaming from the early nineteenth century to our own times. It examines the somewhat discredited secularization thesis originally enunciated by Max Weber, who posited the idea that, with the development of rationality in the West, there is a concomitant erosion of the worlds of enchantment, the magical garden cultivated by many a traditional society. It then discusses the “first topography” of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, especially the distinction he made between the dream as dreamt, or its manifest content, and the latent content, which reveals the various elements from the past that help to form the manifest dream; Jung's controversial idea of “synchronicity,” the theoretical bridge connecting dreams and oneiromancy; and Jung's psychosis during the period 1914 to 1916.

Keywords:   visionary consciousness, Western dreaming, Max Weber, dreams, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, synchronicity, psychosis, oneiromancy

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