I know everyone is on edge and Jonesing for Wirecutter’s unique range and variety of posts so I thought I would take it upon myself to try and fill in just a tiny bit with what has always been one of my favorite subjects that he occasionally posts about, Appalachian History and Folklore.
Whether it was Joseph’s dreams in the latter chapters of the Book of Genesis or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I have a dream speech” in August 1963, dreams have been central to the human experience and story.
They are peculiar, largely unexplainable and shrouded in great mystery; thus, it should come as no surprise that our dreams — even to this day — have been clothed in great superstition.
The residents of Appalachia are no exception to these superstitions and many of our grandparents were convinced that the ancient beliefs and omens concerning the brain’s activity after sleep were to be believed at all costs.
According to multiple sources, it was a commonly held belief in yesteryear that one should not tell their dreams prior to eating breakfast. As the saying went, telling good dreams prior to breakfast would forever prohibit the dream from being made a reality, while sharing one’s nightmare prior to eating the first meal of the day would invite such evil into one’s life.
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