Women and supernatural dreams: a case study

Valentina Bold

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I'd like to start this paper with a proposition: women, are more able to let their feelings go. And they're more open, and through the years women have had to be more accommodating. As wives, mothers,secretaries, store clerks,librarians, all of those things, women have had to be more accommodating. and have had to leave themselves open to more chance. As when men are more controlled. and more in control, they are the controllers,and,I mean,let's face it, men have created the new myth of science, of which women are constantly getting coaxed to become involved in ... (Bold T89-12. Laurie),' These points will be developed below. This study focuses on three young women from Newfoundland and their beliefs about supernatural dreams. Jane is married with two children and runs a small business in a Newfoundland outport. Isabella lives in St. John's with her parents and three brothers and works as a waitress. Laurie is a teacher who came to Newfoundland with her husband about six months ago. None of the women is involved with the established church, but Jane and Isabella are members of the Rosicrucian order, or AMORC. The women discuss a variety of supernatural activities, distinguishing spontaneous "experiences" such as dreams, trances, and seeing presences from induced "experiments" such as telepathy. psychometry, and using the ouija board.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-65
Number of pages12
JournalCulture and Tradition
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 1989


  • supernatural beliefs
  • women's traditions
  • Newfoundland
  • folklore
  • dream theory
  • dreaming


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