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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 632 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 155 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 162 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 404 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 152 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 155 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 141 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 153 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 157 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 146 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 174 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 162 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 166 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 244 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 137 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 148 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 156 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 146 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 188 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 164 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 146 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 164 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 160 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 152 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 137 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 185 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 168 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 235 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 148 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 150 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 144 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 163 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 147 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 150 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 146 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 150 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 152 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 166 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 150 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33


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