3. Early Civilizations
Dream interpretation dates back to 3100 BC to the ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia. Kings in Mesopotamia felt that dreams were essential for divination; thus, they paid close attention to their dreams. For example, one king rebuilt an entire temple based on a dream that told him to do so. Many dreams that were evaluated depicted a variety of events, including workdays, trips, family conflicts, and human interactions.
In ancient Egypt, priests also worked as dream interpreters. Researchers have found many hieroglyphics that display stories of dreams as well as their interpretations. Like many cultures throughout history, dreams were considered to be essential and divine.