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Hi Jaimi,

I believe you're left with a situation that intrigued Joseph Campbell - is the appearance of a motif amongst the Amerindians that parallels almost exactly one from Mesopotamia the result of cultural transmission or spontaneous production from the unconscious psyche.

And his answer?

Well, it depends on which books you read! In some of his books he's definately pro-exchange, in others he is not. I like to think of him as a reluctant Jungian.

I like to think that similar archetypes arise throughout the world independently, but that this similarity allows the exchange of religious ideas and symbols - one facilitates the other.

It is easy to explain common motifs away by acculturation and exchange - but when one suddenly dreams of something 'archetypal' with no clear origin for that thought save one's own mind, then this surety disappears. For instance I once dreamed that I was chased in a forest by a horned creature, stabbed, hung, dismembered and resurrected. At the time I'd never heard of shamanism, yet these are clear shamanic symbols. If such images can arise of their own accord in my mind then why not in others.

if the pyramid should arise in the mind of an Egyptian - why not in the mind of a South American Indian?

John

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Archetypes 591 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 143 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 151 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 377 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 141 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 142 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 128 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 140 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 145 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 136 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 161 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 150 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 154 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 234 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 124 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 137 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 143 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 134 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 178 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 152 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 136 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 151 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 149 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 141 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 126 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 174 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 156 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 222 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 137 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 137 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 134 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 152 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 134 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 137 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 133 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 138 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 141 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 153 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 136 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33


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