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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 552 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 131 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 139 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 355 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 129 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 128 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 116 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 127 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 131 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 122 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 148 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 138 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 141 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 220 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 112 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 123 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 130 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 121 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 165 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 140 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 123 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 138 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 136 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 128 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 113 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 160 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 143 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 199 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 124 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 126 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 120 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 139 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 120 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 125 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 120 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 126 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 129 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 139 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 125 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33


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