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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 972 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 274 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 276 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 620 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 269 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 280 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 278 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 281 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 277 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 277 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 316 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 288 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 298 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 363 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 264 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 266 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 295 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 275 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 306 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 283 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 260 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 294 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 274 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 265 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 263 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 316 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 294 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 358 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 278 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 277 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 257 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 292 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 284 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 275 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 276 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 282 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 271 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 290 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 284 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33

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