Incubation & Temple Sleep

Common throughout all antiquity, the practice of incubatio, or dream incubation, consisted of "sleeping in a temple or sacred place for oracular purposes."[1] Pilgrims would often travel considerable distances to reach such a temple or sanctuary in search of some divinely inspired dream vision. Within the sanctuary itself, they'd be placed in the care of officiating priests. These oneiromancers—versed in dream divination—would prepare the visitors' sleep by offering them the miraculous waters associated with the sanctuary, along with some soporific plant or medicinal concoction.
ISBN: 9781803024547
Type: Paperback
Pages: 100
Published: 1 April 2022
Price: $10.25

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