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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?


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Archetypes 794 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 209 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 210 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 515 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 203 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 217 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 210 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 217 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 209 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 208 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 246 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 223 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 233 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 297 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 198 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 205 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 221 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 208 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 240 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 217 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 198 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 224 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 207 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 203 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 197 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 251 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 227 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 293 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 208 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 211 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 194 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 225 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 213 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 211 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 210 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 213 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 200 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 225 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 214 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33

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