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Christianity. -A History Of Angels In Western Thought -Angels
Have you ever had a flying dream? In my experience, and the experience of people I know, such dreams tend to be particularly intense, as though the 'action' of flying in the dream has some special significance. Notwithstanding the Freudian approach that labels flying dreams as always symbolising sex[!], it now seems pretty clear that such dreams can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For whatever reason, it's fair to say that the idea of human beings being able to fly is something that has fascinated people since time immemorial. Consequently, images of human beings with wings can be found across the world in every major culture. This essay explores the connections between the winged human motif and 'angels' in the art and religious thinking of exclusively 'western' (ie Christian/Islamic/Judaic) cultures, with a brief look at a number of 'strands' of thought from ancient Sumeria and beyond, to the present-day.