Buddha Blogger: Chris
When you think about Dreamcatcher’s, what do you think they mean? How do you feel about them? They are associated with the Native American culture generally. Researchers believed the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe originated the dreamcatcher. Which in translation from the Ojibwa word “asabikeshiinh” meaning Spider because of the web woven to loosely cover the hoop.
According to the story of a mystical and maternal “Spider woman” who was a spiritual protector for the Ojibwa tribe. The tribes started to get bigger and venture out to further land, expanded basically. When she realized that it was becoming difficult to protect her followers that moved far away, she crafted the first dreamcatcher.
What do they do? Dreamcatcher's are often referred to as Sacred Hoops. The Ojibwa dreamcatchers were traditionally used as a talisman to protect sleeping people, usually children from bad dreams. Native Americans believe that the night is filled with dreams both good and bad. They say by hanging the dreamcatcher in morning sunlight, the dreamcatcher attracts the dreams and catches all sorts of visions and thoughts in its webs. Then the good dreams will pass through the dreamcatcher and gently slide down the feathers to comfort the sleeper below. Then any bad dreams caught in the protective net are destroyed, burned up in the light of the day.
Meaning behind Dreamcatchers - web, beads, feather. Authentic Native American dreamcatcher have a meaning of being tied to the natural world. The circle part of the catcher represents the circle of life, in meaning how forces like the sun and moon travel each day and night across the sky. Bad dreams are caught in the web and disposed when the day comes. On the other hand, good dreams, the feathers act as a fluffy, pillow like ladder that allows them to gently descend upon the sleeping person undisturbed. Lastly, there are two legends about the beads: some Native Americans believed that the beads symbolize the spider “the web weaver itself”. Another Native legend is that the good dreams that could not pass through the web were immortalized in the form of sacred charm.
Overall the satisfaction of owning a Dreamcatcher is very profound. Every aspect of it brings an undisturbed night to those that want unruffled rest.