4: That's Magic, Baby

Tory and Mikah explore the history of dreams in mythology before interpreting three dreams from listeners. Featuring: space, dead bodies, wizards, smart home tech, and drama club.

Dreams in Mythology

  • Greek & Roman Mythology
    • Oneiroi: Morpheus, Phobetor, and Phantasos
    • Dreams are messages from the gods.
  • Norse Mythology
    • Dreams can predict the future.
    • Dreams are messages from the gods.
    • Dreams are a way to speak with mystical beings.
  • Egyptian Mythology
    • Egyptian dream dictionaries were among the first examples of dream interpretation.
    • Dreams were sorted between good omens and bad omens.
  • Hawaiian Mythology
    • Dreams are "soul sleep," a time to communicate with one's ancestral guardians.
    • Dreams can teach us songs, dances, cures for ailments, and provide us with guidance.
  • Japanese Mythology
    • The Baku is a mostly benevolent dream devourer shaped from a bear, elephant, and ox. It will eat away one's nightmares.
  • Nightmares
    • Nightmares aren't dark, spooky horses. Mares are a mythological fiend that rests on the chest of sleeping victims, suffocating them.
    • Many, many languages have a word for nightmare that uses "mare" as its root.
    • It was believed that sage, blessed amulets, the Baku, a dreamcatcher, a prayer, a worry doll, and more could ward off nightmares.


  • Listener Markus: A dream about space, dead bodies, competence, and, perplexingly, a kitten in a fish bowl.
  • Listener Brian: A dream about a whimsical wizard that loves to talk about smart home tech — particularly his smart trash can and smart sewing machine.
  • Listener Wei: A dream about drama club, sponsorship, leadership, and anxiety.

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