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The Legend of the Dreamcatcher
The Legend of the Dreamcatcher
The dream catcher, today synonymous of decoration in our rooms is an object loaded with symbols.
It originated in America, where it was considered by the Native American tribes as a mystical object. According to the Amerindians, this handcrafted object protects its holder and acts as a filter letting only dreams pass and keeping nightmares away.
According to legend, a hunter ventured too deep into a cave and came across a monstrous and dangerous animal. Once out of the cave, bad dreams haunted him for days. One night, exhausted, the hunter fell asleep. He woke up the next morning and was surprised to have slept well. Looking up from the tree he had fallen asleep on, between the branches a spider had woven a beautiful web, dotted with drops of water, due to the dew. Next to this web, a bird had left some feathers.
The hunter deduced that the spirit of the forest, through the spider and the feathers of the bird, had protected him from the evil spell. When he returned home, he told his adventure and his tribe decided to start making the very first dream catcher.
The feathers of the dream catcher correspond to the feather of the bird left on the tree, the small beads correspond to the morning dew, and the weaving represents the spider's web, with the spider in the center.
The origin of dream catchers, these mythical and spiritual objects
At the beginning, they were created by the Amerindians. The dream catchers exist nowadays in many different forms, colors, sizes, number of rings, feathers and beads - all features vary from one model to another. Originally it was just a circle in willow (a soft wood) on which magic ornaments were placed; the role of the beads and feathers.
A dream catcher or dream catcher is a "amulet" usually handmade, whose base is traditionally a willow wood hoop, with a net inside matched with feathers and beads. According to popular belief, its function is to filter people's dreams, allowing only positive dreams and visions to pass through; the dreams that are not remembered are those that slowly descend into the feathers. Nightmares are trapped in the beads in the net and the next morning they are burned in the light of day so that they do not come true.
Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwa tribe and were popularized between 1960 and 1970 by the little-known "Pan American Indianism" movement that spread throughout the United States during that period, with the goal of promoting unity among Native American groups.
Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwa tribe and were popularized between 1960 and 1970 by the little-known "Pan American Indianism" movement that spread during that period in the United States, which aimed to promote unity among Native American groups.
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