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What does it mean when you dream about dismemberment?

Dismemberment is a very ancient and widespread motif in initiation, especially in shamanistic initiation, in which one is taken apart and put back together in a renewed, improved form. If the experience does not feel unpleasant during a dream, dismemberment may well indicate the closing of one phase of life and rebirth into a new phase. If accompanied by strong emotions of fear and anxiety, dismemberment may simply reflect a feeling of “coming apart.”

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Det Supt Paul Monk said: "Attempts has been made to dismember Mr Brown and it's possible Marie disturbed that.
When Nadirov saw the woman was dead, he decided to dismember her body to conceal traces of the crime.
During the search of the apartment, tools used to dismember the victim and a human liver were found.
Summary: Geneva - The International Democratic Centre (IDC) denounced, on Monday, the biased manipulation by some countries of the right to self-determination in a desperate attempt to dismember united, sovereign states.
But to terrorise, kill, dismember and then eat parts of a victim is to take the exercise of power to another level.