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Varieties of Oneiric Experience

...is what tomsdisch labelled these investigations, and he held that hearing (in this case reading) others' dreams is as amusing as hearing any story can be, which I agree with completely, whether creepy and unheimlich or goofy and dadaist.  There's just no doubt that it all means something, and something important, but what or why can't be said, just as with stories themselves.  Teaching a lesson (or learning one) just won't do.

Anyway, after carefully grooming the data I seem to arrive at no conclusion -- most people don;t have those kinds of dreams and of the few who do there seem to be as many women as men -- so forget it.

It does suggest though the need for a real taxonomy of dreams:  not an analytic mode or method, we are far from that pace Freud and others, but a simple taxonomy, like the meme structure of folktales.  SO you can wake up and say oh one of those.  We do that anyway of course, but this would be science, like.

The Forgotten Errand.
The Big Nice House  (this one is cognate to the New Apartment, which in my dreams is always a wonderful refuge, sometimes with free meals or similar).
The Big Nice Elaborately Produced City.
The Big Guy who makes me Guilty/Nervous/Anxious
The Rock Band that Needs my Help (this can't, at least in this form, be a permanent fixture of mentality, though it might have earlier cognates. e.g.  The Shaman who Neeeds me to Beat the Drum.  In my case it was auditioning to replace the bassist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, a band I never even listened to much.)
Meeting Dead People who Act Alive
Being Dead but Still Alive
Meeting Famous Dead People who Act Alive

... well I seem to be drifitng into inconsequence, like the Chinese Encyclopedia. 


Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
wouldn't it be nice. The initial list is quite impressive. Let's just nail the motifs like folklorists can when they say, oh Cinderalla, yeah that's 516 cut with 412. (made up numbers, but folklorists have their motifs codified I believe). (Battlestar Galactica, that's a 913 and an 800 and a 111 on the side with 666 as subtext, no mayo.) The Journal of Dream Codification - I look forward to it.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
I find it amazing that there are people out there who can do that with folktales, though I know you're right. Are there people out there taking the motifs and trying to find some larger meanings for these categories? Seems like there should be... otherwise, what's the point?
Journal of dream codification... go for it!