Dream Travelers

Sleep Experiences and Culture in the Western Pacific

  • Authors
  • Roger Ivar Lohmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Roger Ivar Lohmann
    Pages 1-18
  3. Joel Robbins
    Pages 19-42
  4. Wolfgang Kempf, Elfriede Hermann
    Pages 61-86
  5. Robert Tonkinson
    Pages 87-106
  6. Jane C. Goodale
    Pages 149-168
  7. Waud Kracke
    Pages 211-235
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-246

About this book


In dreams, part of the self seems to wander off to undertake both mundane tasks and marvellous adventures. Anthropologists have found that many peoples take this experience of dreaming at face value, assuming that their spirits literally leave the body to travel, meet other spirits, and acquire valuable knowledge - with dramatic consequence for relationships, social organization, and religions. Dream Travellers is about Melanesian, Aboriginal Australian, and Indonesian peoples who hold this assumption. Several leading anthropologists contribute theoretically and ethnographically rich chapters, showing that attention to these peoples' dream lives deeply enhances our understanding of their cultures and waking lives as well.


aging anthropology attention consciousness culture dream dreams knowledge organization organizations religion remembrance social organization state traditions

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