Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. Popularly known as good luck charms, a traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through.
This handmade object is like a round hoop that looks like a spider web and feathers and beads are attached to it. It is believed that the centre of the dream catcher, which is like a spider web, holds all the nightmares and negativity in it (just like insects get stuck in a spider web) and let go of all positive dreams and thoughts through the gliding down feathers to the sleeping person below. This is why most dream catchers are hung right above the bed.
The negative dreams that are stuck in a dream catcher expire as soon as the first rays of the sun struck them.
So, do these actually catch dreams? Know everything about a dream catcher: from misconceptions to legends in the further slides.
Protector of Children
Dream catchers got their start in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Nation. Over time, though, they caught on with most other Native American peoples. Dream catchers were hung above the beds of sleeping children to protect them from bad dreams and evil spirits. Legends held that the spider web design of the dream catcher would allow good dreams to pass through and float down the hanging beads and feathers to sleeping children.
Good Luck Charm
There are many people, who also believe that dream catchers have a broader meaning than just the legends related to dreams. For these people, dream catchers are good luck charms that represent good energy and help to neutralize bad energy — whether you’re awake or asleep.
Ward Off Evil Spirits
One biggest misconception of people about dream catchers is that they ward off ghosts and evil spirits that sneak around your room at night. This is not true.
Another common misconception about dream catchers is that they are, in fact, a colander that strains out inappropriate sex dreams about coworkers. Sadly, this notion is not true, and one should not depend on a dream catcher to avoid those passionate moments in the night.
The Ojibwe people have an ancient legend about the origin of a dream catcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi. She took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So, the mothers and grandmothers thought of a solution, which was a dream catcher.
They weaved webs for children and called them the ‘magical webs’ using willow hoops. They believed that these magical webs would protect their children from negativity and evil thoughts by filtering out all bad dreams. Soon, the magical webs became famous and started to be known as dream catchers.
Deepak J. Prasad