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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 509 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 115 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 122 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 330 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 113 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 113 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 100 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 112 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 116 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 107 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 132 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 122 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 126 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 204 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 97 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 108 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 115 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 105 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 150 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 125 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 108 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 121 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 121 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 112 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 98 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 145 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 128 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 181 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 109 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 108 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 105 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 124 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 105 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 109 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 105 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 111 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 110 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 125 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 106 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33


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