Alternatively known as Oneiromantia and Oniromancy.
From the Greek'oneiros' (dream) and 'mantia' (prophecy), it is a method of divination and prophecy by means of dreams. Nightmares also fall into this category, although occult tradition maintains that bad dreams are the work of demons.
Dream divination was practiced in ancient Egypt, where a caste of priests interpreted the pharaohs' dreams in sacred temples dedicated to the god Amun-Re.
Oniromancy is also mentioned several times in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament.
A well-known example of Oneiromancy comes from the Christian Bible (Genesis 41). In it, Joseph interprets the Pharaohs' dream of seven fattened cows emerging from the Nile, to be followed by seven gaunt cows that devoured the fat ones. Egyptian magicians were unable to interpret this dream, but Joseph correctly explained the dream as meaning that Egypt would have seven prosperous years followed by seven lean years.
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