Lofty Principles of Dream-Interpretation

(C^en S^i-yuan : Encyclopaedia of Dreams)

Wandering Spirits, Part II (= Outer Chapters), 7-8

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pp. 147-153 – II.7 "Utensils and Things"

pp. 148-149, nn. 1, 9 ritual utensils

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"King Tang of the Shang dreamt that someone carrying a bronze tripod on his back and holding a wooden sacrificial stand was facing him and laughing."

Annals of the Thearchs and Kings

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"Liu Xie, who authored The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons, stated in his preface, "... I once dreamt at night that I was holding a vermillion-lacquered ritual vessel and followed Confucius southward.""

History of the Lian Dynasty

pp. 148, 150, nn. 2, 17 candles & censers

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"Liu Mian ... dreamt that someone gave him a pair of candles ... . When he awoke, he saw two brilliant lights in front of him."

Old History of the Tan Dynasty

150

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"When Tao Hongjiang was born, his mother dreamt that the vigorous essence of the sun was in her body and that two celestial beings holding a golden incense burner descended into her room."

Bookcase of the Clouds

pp. 148, 150-151, nn. 3, 13, 23-24 armor & weapons

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"When Tao Kan was in Guangzhou, he dreamt that a commander gave him a suit of armor."

History of the Jin Dynasty

150

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"Wang Jun ... dreamt that four knives were suspended from the rafters."

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151

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"Pei Yuanzhi ... dreamt that a dog emerged from a hole, so he drew a bow and arrow and shot at it."

Collected Records from Court and Countryside

 

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"A man from the land of Mofu named Hun Tian ... dreamt ... that he god bestowed a bow on him and told him to board a merchant ship going to sea. Hun Tian awoke and ... boarded a large ship going ... to Funan." [p. 152 : "Thus, Hun Tian became king of Funan."]

Biographies of Foreigners

pp. 149-150, nn. 4, 12 utensils for food-consumption & for food-praeparation

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"Emperor Wu of the Wei ... often dreamt of three horses eating from the same trough [cao]."

A Record of Ghosts and the Living

150

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"Zhang Zhan was on his way home after traveling when ... he unexpectedly dreamt that he was cooking in a stone mortar."

Miscellaneous Morsels from You-yan

pp. 149-150, nn. 5-6, 8, 11 gaming-pieces & divining-blocks

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"Crown Prince Zhaoming told ..., "I dreamt that I was playing chess with the Prince of Jin’an and lost, so I gave him an ornamental sword. ...""

History of the Lian Dynasty

 

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"Empress Wu [r. 690-705] ... told ..., "We have dreamt several times of playing the dice game double-sixes and losing. ...""

Old History of the Tan Dynasty

 

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"The mother of Li Bo dreamt of two Daoist priests playing chess outside her house. ... Subsequently, she gave birth to Li Bo."

A Continuation of A Garden of Strange Events

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Qian Gon-z^i dreamt that Wu Xi "was praying to the gods in a temple using silver cups as divining blocks. After he cast them on the ground, a god appeared".

History of the Son Dynasty

pp. 150, 152, nn. 14, 16, 25-26 keys, insignia, banners, curtains

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"Xu Pu ... dreamt that he went to ... the ... Pavilion of the Depths of Literature. Inside there were six elders who gave him six keys."

Collected Trifles from the Studio of Honesty

 

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"Shen Qingzhi once dreamt that he led the honor guard bearing the imperial insignia into a privy."

History of the C^en Dynasty

152

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"The son of Minister Lu Zhenyou ... dreamt of ... a thousand chariots and the thousand cavalry whose flags and banners blocked out the sun and moon and who wore finely embroidered clothes."

Records from the Grand Hall

 

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"Yin Xi was a grand master of the Zhou dynasty. His mother dreamt ... that a crimson curtain descended from heaven and wrapped itself around her body."

Private History of the guardian of the City Gate

pp. 149, 151 nn. 10, 18 musical instruments

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"Wang Mao ... dreamt that the bells and chimes had fallen down from the frame by themselves for no apparent reason."

History of the Lian Dynasty

151

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"Ren Fang’s ... mother Mistress Pei dreamt of a multicolored banner with bells suspended from its four corners. One of the bells fell down into her body. She subsequently became pregnant and gave birth to Ren Fang."

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p. 151, nn. 19-20 sorters & measures

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In "Jinling ..., someone dreamt of a woman walking in the sky with a giant sieve who was sifting things that fell down all over like beans. When these hit the ground, they all became people. ... Then, he saw a noble man in a formal hat and gown descending to earth".

Chats on Poe:try from the Western Capital

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"The imperial concubine Lady of Bright Countenance Shangguan was named Wan’er. When her mother, Mistress Zheng, had just become pregnant, she dreamt of a divinity holding a large scale who said, "Use this to weigh the affairs of the world.""

Old History of the Tan Dynasty

pp. 152-153, nn. 27, 31-34 transportation-equippage (bridge, ship, carriage)

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"Shi Jiwu ... dreamt that he was leading the duke’s procession as they crossed the Celestial Ferry Bridge. There were eight Daoists riding on horses holding up crimson traveling insignia and other banners."

A Continuation of A Record of Strange Things

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"Shen Bo ... dreamt that he was crossing a river on his way home when his boat capsized."

A Record of Inner Light

 

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"Wang Xingxiu ... dreamt that the Wangs were on a boat [zhou] that had split into two parts."

Old History of the Tan Dynasty

 

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"Hsieh An ... told ..., "... Suddenly, I had a dream that I was riding in his carriage for more than five miles"".

History of the Jin Dynasty

 

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"Du Ling dreamt that Zhou Heshen, the Lord of the Leichi River, ... was sailing in a vermillion vessel and wore armor."

History of the C^en Dynasty

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pp. 154-157 – II.8 "Valuables and Goods"

p. 155, nn. 1, 3-4 pearls

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"Yue Shi was from Yihuang. His mother dreamt that an extraordinary person gave her a multicolored pearl, and consequently she gave birth to Yue Shi. ... Yue Shi wrote Gazetter of the World during the Taiping Era."

History of the Son Dynasty

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The mother of Xi Shi dreamt that a brilliant pearl struck her body. She ... became pregnant."

Famous Chats from the Bureau of Writers

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"Kou Jian ... was from Linru. His mother dreamt that a god gave her a pearl, which she swallowed. She became pregnant, subsequently giving birth to Kou Jian".

History of the Son Dynasty

p. 155-156, nn. 8-10, 14 jade

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"Zhang Dexiang’s [dexiang means "obtaining a statue"] ... mother was pregnant with him, she dreamt that she climbed a mountain and met a god who gave her a jade statue."

History of the Son Dynasty

 

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"The mother of Zhang Yue dreamt that a jade swallow flew into her body. Because of this, she became pregnant and gave birth to Zhang."

Events of the Kai-yuan Era

 

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"During the Zhenyuan era [785-804] of the tang, Li Chao, the director of the Bureau of Merit titiles, ... dreamt that two men dressed in yellow shirts ... said, "... The jade fish must first descend.""

Casual Chats from Army Headquarters

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"the Later Jin emperor ... announcing, "We dreamt at night of a jade basin which contained a jade pillow and a jade belt, both engraved with inscriptions.""

Casual Conversations from the Jade Hall

p. 156, nn. 11, 13 gold

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"an earthenware coffin ... . Inside was a woman ... who body was ... intact, and lightweight. ... she wore more than ten gold hairpins. The funerary inscription said, "This is a person from the Qin dynasty. ..." There was also a mirror decorated with gold flowers. ... That night, he dreamt that the woman appeared ... as she said to him, "Why did you take my favorite things?""

An Extensive Record of Anomalies

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"people consider purple refined gold as the highest grade and popularly call it "Yang Mai’s gold." The mother of Fan Mai dreamt that someone spread out a mat made of Yang mai’s gold for her to use to give birth to a son. When the son was born, ... He later became king of Linyi."

A Record of Linyi

pp. 156-157, nn. 12, 17-19 cash

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"Yan Zhi .. dreamt that a girl about fifteen or sixteen ... came to make love to him. ... Later, he dreamt that she came to ... him ... saying, "... I died and ... they will come and bury me. Now I am going to present you with hundreds in cash.""

An Extensive Record of Anomalies

 

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"Zhou Chou ... dreamt that the Supreme God of Heaven came ... . The Director of Destinies ... noted that there is a Zhang Juzi on record

Gan Bao : In Search of the Supernatural

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who will possess ten million in cash but who has not yet been born, and he requested that this money be lent to Zhou."

 

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"Wang Yue, the eldest son of Wang Dao, died. Previously, Wang Dao had dreamt that someone had purchased Yue for a million cash. Wang Dao ... soon afterward ... obtained a million in cash dug up from the earth."

History of the Jin Dynasty

 

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"Grand Councilor Mao Hong dreamt that someone wanted to buy his eldest son Zhangru for one million cash. Later, he excavated a vault with money in it to the exact amount of one million cash. Zhangru died".

A Record of Ghosts and the Living

 

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"Emperor Wen of the Wei dyansty dreamt of grinding down the design [wen] on a coin, but this only caused it to shine more brilliantly."

commentary to History of the 3 Kingdoms

p. 157, nn. 21-22 silk & brocade

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"Shen Qingzhi ... was eighty years old when he dreamt that someone gave him two bolts of silk".

History of the Southern Dynasties

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"Jiang Yan ... dreamt that someone ... said to him, "Could you return the bolt of brocade that I previously gave you?" Jiang felt inside his body and found several feet of it, which he gave to him."

History of the Qi Dynasty

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Richard E. Strassberg (transl.) : Wandering Spirits : Chen Shiyuan’s Encyclopedia of Dreams. U of CA Pr, Berkeley, 2008.