Bathrobe's Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
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The Dream Oracle

 

Chinese (Mainland) 解梦指南
Jiě-mèng zhǐnán
jiě = 'to interpret, to resolve'.
mèng = 'dream'.
指南 zhǐnán = 'guide'.
Guide to interpreting dreams
Chinese (Taiwan) 夢諭
Mèng-yù
mèng = 'dream'.
= 'instruction, decree, edict'.
Dream edict
Japanese 夢のお告げ
Yume no o-tsuge
yume = 'dream'.
no = connecting particle
お告げ o-tsuge = 'oracle, revelation'. ( o- is honorific)
Dream oracle
Vietnamese Giải Sấm Mộng giải () = 'to interpret'.
sấm = 'divination, oracle, prophecy'.
mộng () = 'dream'.
Interpreting dream oracles

In ancient Greece, an oracle was the answer of a god to an enquiry about some affair or future event, such as the success of an enterprise or battle. The most famous place to obtain oracles was Delphi. Oracles were regarded as an authoritative divination of the future.

The Japanese name is a direct translation -- お告げ o-tsuge refers to an oracle or divine message.

The Chinese word for 'oracle' is 神諭 shényù or 'divine edict' or 'edict of the gods'. The Taiwanese translator gives the word a little twist to make it into 夢諭 mèng= 'dream edict'. Given that an oracle in the Greek sense was often more a hint or puzzle than an edict, the name is slightly misleading.

The Mainland translator emphasises the broader meaning: a 'dream oracle' is understood as the interpretation of dreams and their meaning -- not the Freudian concept of dreams as a window into the deep psyche, but the traditional interpretation of dreams as a way of divining future events.

The Vietnamese also interprets 'The Dream Oracle' as a book for interpreting dreams.

Category: Divination

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