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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 721 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 185 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 189 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 475 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 182 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 197 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 188 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 196 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 188 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 188 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 220 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 204 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 213 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 275 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 177 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 187 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 201 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 188 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 219 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 195 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 178 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 203 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 187 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 182 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 177 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 231 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 208 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 266 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 189 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 193 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 173 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 205 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 191 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 191 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 190 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 194 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 179 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 203 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 194 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33


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