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The Chinese Culture and Dream Analysis

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 8 Aug 2022 | comments*Discuss
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Like most cultures, the Chinese put much emphasis on dreaming. In fact, the first recorded information about dreams can be found in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, a Chinese manuscript that talks about the relationship between dreams and illness. Each night, as you began to dream, the Chinese believe your soul leaves your body for the dream world. If awakened too suddenly, they fear the soul might not return to the body.

The Chinese believe that dreams and dream analysis could help you learn more about your inner most secrets. This dream analysis could be used to make important decisions or make positive changes in life.

The following is the Chinese analysis of certain dream elements based on Zhou Gong’s Book of Auspicious and Inauspicious Dreams. Duke of Zhou is often referred to as the god of dreams with zhou gong meaning sleep. Zhou Gong’s Book of Auspicious and Inauspicious Dreams offers interpretation of all types of dreams, including those about weather, planets, home and surroundings, gods and spirits, people, the body, music, living creatures, and other miscellaneous items.


This Chinese dream analysis may seem opposite to other cultures – a dream of abandonment can mean you are going to be given something. If you dream your spouse has left you, it means your love will grow deeper.


While dreaming of dead ancestors might scare some people, the Chinese culture sees it as a positive thing. If you meet a dead ancestor in a dream, it means your family is blessed and protected. If the ancestor speaks to you in the dream, you will have financial security.


Dreams that you are bleeding means you will receive immense rewards.


Chariots in dreams can be a symbol of how you feel life is going. If you dream you are on a fast moving chariot, you are making good progress with something. But, if you dream your chariot is not moving, you may subconsciously feel your progress has stalled. The Chinese believe if you dream a chariot has lost a wheel, you will lose money.


If you have dreams of being bitten by a dog, it is seen as a sign of impending bad luck. Dreaming of a dog barking at its master can mean a big money loss.


If you dream of eating at an elegant restaurant, it means your social status is on the rise. Dreaming of eating well cooked meat can mean wealth, while dreaming of eating raw meat can mean hard times. Eating rotten fruit is a sign of approaching illness.


If you dream of having gray hair, it is a seen as an optimistic sign of living a long life.


Dreaming of cleaning your house can mean a guest is coming to visit. If you dream you are entering a rundown house, you may be entering an unlucky phase of life. If you dream you have entered to house, but no one is home, it can be a sign that you will hear of someone’s death.


Dreaming of a lush plant can mean prosperity; where as dreaming of a withering plant means you’re out of luck. But, seeing withered leaves revitalized could mean your children will have a very promising future.


In Chinese culture dream analysis, dreaming of a red rainbow means good luck, but dreaming of a black rainbow is a sign of bad luck.

The Chinese have believed in dream analysis for thousands of years. No matter what the dream, even the smallest component can hold a special meaning, but without interpretation, you may never realize its importance. The Chinese culture has its own interpretation of dreams, looking closely at everything in a dream for proper dream analysis.

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i had a dream of jumping down from my apt , what is the interpretation.
dan - 8-Aug-22 @ 2:43 PM
I dreamofamonk sitting under a tree,suddenly disappear and become a bird.about 20 birds attack him and he fallto groundand die
Lee - 4-Jun-20 @ 2:33 AM
I had a dream where black blood was coming out I am chinese and I know red blood means good but what does black blood mean ?
Gally - 24-Apr-20 @ 5:04 PM
My Grandmother was Chinese. She was everything to me. My dream felt like I was awake,but I couldn't see clearly. Both my hands were hanging on the side of the bed. I kept crying out for my Grandma. Two older women came then left. I looked down and my Grandma was kneeling. Her head was down and she gently grabbed my fingertips and pressed them to her forehead and disappeared. When I woke I thought she was still alive. That was it.
Stevie - 10-Apr-20 @ 5:28 AM
Chinese interpret everything to mean money or lack of money. Lol
Redkalm - 22-Mar-20 @ 2:24 AM
I was looking at a shelf which was mine in the dream. It was stacked with red plastic prayer offering plates and cups, asd a red plastic framed photo of late LKY (Singapore's leader). Also a small container with a fighting fish in it. I was looking at the shelf and thinking I should declutter. I picked up the container as the fish looked lifeless. When i held it up i saw it was alive but the container was too small for it tos swim around much. Someone was near me and suggested I release the fish into the river. I recoiled saying it would get eaten by a bigger fish in there! Btw I am a not chinese. I am white, British and Roman Catholic
Teen - 3-Feb-20 @ 6:41 AM
What does it mean if you dream of finding a lost civilization/city under the sea? From the looks of the writings found on the signage it seems to be a chinese.
AthenaMae - 11-Aug-19 @ 1:14 AM
What does dreaming of dropping quite a lot of hair mean?
Iris - 4-Aug-19 @ 7:01 AM
I dreamt of choosing jade laughing Buddha pendant in the different shapes. This is my 2nd time dreaming of choosing jade laughing Buddha pendant Nancy
Nancy - 1-Aug-19 @ 3:34 PM
To dream of eating sugarcane, to dream of seeing and checking on jackfruit and even seeing buildings in China
Champion - 1-Dec-18 @ 7:16 AM
@santo - this might mean you are looking for love in some way. Animals can give us the greatest love :)
AmYBH - 11-Jan-18 @ 2:11 PM
i had a weird dream dreaming im holding a black puppy .n i keep saying i love you to the puppy surprise he say back to me too.
santo - 10-Jan-18 @ 2:34 AM
I dreamt my husband having an afair with someone beter looking than me but she is a prostitute
rooks - 28-Dec-13 @ 6:42 PM
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