The Dreamcatcher is a well known symbol in the Native American culture with deep-rooted meanings and beliefs. This tattoo design has been popular throughout different generations of all cultures. Dreamcatcher tattoos are usually colorfully presented and are showcased in a variety of different feathers and in the same shape but various sizes.
The Dreamcatcher tattoos are believed to have originated from the Anishinabe tribe that is also known by the names of the Ojibwa tribe in Canada and the Chippewa tribe in America. Members of the tribes believed in a mythical spider woman that would pay a visit to the cribs of newly born infants and then spin a web for their protection. The spider woman could not visit all infants and therefore women of the tribe made Dreamcatcher for protecting their newborns. Over a period of time, these tattoos were created with more colorful designs for keeping the babies entertained as they rested in their cribs. These tattoos were also considered to keep away bad dreams and allow only good dreams.
It is believed that Dreamcatcher tattoos protect people from evil spirits and negative energy. They are also used for a feeling of well being and security and keeping nightmares away. These tattoos are also used for representing the freedom that nature can provide and may also be used to denote love and respect for ancient traditions and set of beliefs.
Different feathers may be used to adorn the Dreamcatcher. While Eagle is a man’s feather representing courage, Owl is a woman’s feather for achieving wisdom. Incorporating a single gemstone into the Dreamcatcher denotes there is only one creator in the web of life while four gemstones denote the four ordinal directions. The best part about these beautiful tattoos is that they can be decorated with images of beads, crystals, animals, birds, arrowheads, and many other symbols.
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