GEMSTONE DREAM CATCHERS
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WE the people have long been fascinated by dreams.
Some try to remember them.
Others forget dreams as soon as they wake.
In some cultures people try to influence their dreams.
How? With dream catchers!
Dream catchers are handmade crafts.
They consist of a round hoop, woven with a loose web of yarn. They’re decorated with beads and feathers, which hang below the hoop.
The dream catchers served to protect people from bad dreams.
How exactly do dream catchers
Well, catch dreams?
Some say good dreams pass through the web.
They float down the hanging beads and feathers to sleeping children.
Bad dreams, however, are caught in the web.
As the first rays of the morning light hit the dream catcher, the bad dreams disappear.
Children sleeping under a dream catcher are said to be protected from nightmares.
Some people say the dream catcher’s function in a different way.
They say instead that bad dreams pass through the holes in the web and exit out the nearest window.
The good dreams, on the other hand, get caught in the web.
They slide down the beads and feathers to the sleeping child below.
However dream catchers are believed to work, their underlying meaning and symbolism remain the same.
They serve a protective purpose.
Those who believe in dream catchers say that they act as a filter for dreams.
They send good dreams to the sleeper and the bad dreams away.
Traditional dream catchers are made with points where the web attaches to the hoop.
For some American Indians, dream catchers have a broader meaning.
They are totems that represent good energy and help to neutralize bad energy—whether you’re awake or asleep!
Have you ever slept beneath a dream catcher?