Public Divination Lecture: "Divination Through the History of Dreaming"

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Haller Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge)

What do our dreams mean, and what do they tell us about the future and ourselves? The "future" that dreams may divine can extend beyond the simple mystery of "what is to come." The history of religious dream divination has comprised the "future" of disease and healing; the nature of the afterlife; and omens for entire communities and nations, often involving a difficult and ambiguous choice.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University presents the free lecture "Divination Through the History of Dreaming" on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Haller Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge) at 6:00 PM. A reception will follow at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue). The lecture is the fifth in a year-long series about divination.

The practice of divination has taken myriad forms throughout human history; one of the most ubiquitous is to incubate dreams in a traditional way or in a ritual location. Dreams may be seen as a portal to hidden states of being or as divine knowledge democratically bestowed, requiring careful attention. They are ignored at one's peril.

Kimberley C. Patton is Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. She specializes in ancient Greek religion and archaeology. She also teaches the history of world religions, offering courses in cross-cultural religious phenomenology. Her latest book, Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity (Oxford, 2009), won the 2010 American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence in Religious Studies in the Analytical-Descriptive category.

Divination lecture seriesLook for the tarot card icon on the Peabody Museum calendar for more lectures on divination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: A Cuna mola with a dream motif, San Blas Islands, Panama. PM 971-14-20/23880.
 

Kimberley C. Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, Harvard Divinity School

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