Oedipus Aegyptiacus

Egypt and Early Psychology
  • Lynn Parramore


The ancient Egyptians were very serious about dreaming, turning to dreams to make important decisions, heal diseases, and predict the future. An Egyptian could consult a priest or professional dream interpreter or study a dream book, which listed the meaning of various symbols such as falling or looking in a mirror. Dreams were seen as trips to the underworld and messages from the gods. The Eighteenth Dynasty Pharaoh Tuthmosis once took a nap under the Sphinx and dreamed of being visited by Hamarkis, a sun god associated with Horus. Hamarkis told Tuthmosis that if he cleared away the sand engulfing the Sphinx, he would become pharaoh. He followed these instructions and went on to rule Egypt. The Great Sphinx of Giza still holds the famous “Dream Stele” between its paws, recording the dream of Tuthmosis.


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