I bought me a dream catcher when I was checking out the stalls along Concubine Lane in Ipoh this weekend. There were quite a number to choose from with different patterns and colours. I finally settled on this brown one. It looked natural to me. My dream catcher is hanging by my window.
I know that it has something to do with filtering the bad from your dreams.
To find out more, read on ...
What is the meaning of Dreamcatcher? You can explore the symbolism of the patterns of dream catcher. Dream catcher, the magical items originally from Native American, has been appreciated by people around the world. Artists also decorate their body with tattoo Dreamcatcher designs.
Dream catcher is a kind of amulet or charm which is used by Indian to protect from negative energy or nightmare. An Indian usually hangs it over the bed. Dream-catcher has a form of a spider web with tassels of feathers. Indians tie strings or sinews at several points on the circle. Indian belief says that the web will filter the negative energy and let the positive ones pass through the feather tassels of the dream catcher. The dream catcher is also decorated with personal and sacred items like beads. For some, they are the symbol of the unity of Native American unity.
According to American ethnographer Frances Densmore, in Chippewa Customs, Indians also give charms for the infant. They hung something like a spider web on the hoop of a cradle board. They said that it caught any bad thing in the air as a spider’s web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it.
Traditionally, the Ojibwa hung the dream catcher, which is made of willow and sinew, above the bed to protect sleeping people from nightmares or bad dreams. A dream catcher can change the dreams. It only allows good dreams come to the person’s mind. The nightmare will be trapped in the web and the daylight will banish it.
Every part of a dream catcher is symbolic. The feather is the soft ladder for the good energy or dream to come down, entering a person’s mind.
Now, dream catcher craft grows not only by Indians but also of New Age society. Girls also like the design of the craft instead of esoteric functions.