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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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References in classic literature ?
The spectator is apt to imagine that nature had formerly suffered some violent convulsion; and that these are the dismembered remains of the dreadful shock; the ruins, not of Persepolis or Palmyra, but of the world!
According to the Makati Police, the bloodied knife was used to dismember the victim.
An attempt to defeat the ends of justice charge states that Collins "did dismember the remains of the said Kevin Bishop using a sharp bladed implement" between July 27 and August 12 this year.
A toolbox and saw found in Shiraishi's apartment may have been used to dismember the bodies, the police official said.
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."
In cutting up all manner of small Birds, it is proper to say, Thigh them; as thigh that Woodcock, thigh that Pidgeon; but as to others say; Mince that Plover, Wing that Quail, and Wing that Partridg, Allay that Pheasant, Untach that Curlew, Unjoint that Bittern, Disfigure that Peacock, Display that Crane, Dismember that Hern, Unbrace that Mallard, Frust that chicken, Spoil that Hen, Sauce that Capon, Lift that Swan, Rear that Goose, Tire that Egg.
Given that it must have taken considerable time and effort to murder 43-year-old Canadian English teacher Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan with machetes and dismember his body with wire saws, what the Liberty Timesdescribed as the "relaxed" demeanor of the of the two suspects just minutes after the gruesome deed was completed is all the more chilling.
(http://www.ibtimes.com/kim-wall-murder-police-find-saw-peter-madsen-potentially-used-dismember-journalist-2600680) A saw was also found in October that authorities believed Madsen used to dismember Wall's body.
What would happen to the institution if you would dismember it?' he asked.