Some offbeat oddities from the new novel The Witch of Greenwich Village:
- Meditation, acclaimed for its ability to clear the mind and promote creativity was, in primitive times, used for revolting purposes and is still employed by obscure cults for obscene rituals.
- There are sixteen chapters in the Old Testament that mention dreams.
Overall there are about seventy references to drams in the Bible.
- Plato and Aristotle thought dreams prophetic; Cicero was a skeptic.
- The oldest dream book extant is an Egyptian papyrus by Medineth, dated 2000, BC.
- There are eight documented cases of people who dreamed of the sinking of the Titanic before it happened.
- The night before it took place Lincoln dreamed he was going to be assassinated.
- Dickens dreamed he was going to meet a lady named Miss Napier and that she would be wearing a red shawl. Who shows up the very next evening, red shawl and all? – you got it – good old Miss Napier.
- In 1929 Edgar Cayce dreamed beforehand that the stock market would crash.
- The renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that dreams foretold the future and put people in touch with “the collective unconscious of the human species. ” Adler emphasized the “anticipatory and compensatory function of dreams. ”
If you found the above interesting and if you liked Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Other and Burnt Offerings please visit www.thewitchofgreenwichvillage.com for a synopsis and an excerpt from The Witch of Greenwich Village, by Frank O’Donnell The book is also available on line as an E Book.
Frank O'Donnell is a produced playwright with a musical comedy (Robin for Good) a drema (Twistes) and seven one act plays to his credit.