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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 917 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 18:36
Re: Archetypes 258 John Grigsby 09-Jan-04 18:53
Re: Archetypes 257 Jaimi 09-Jan-04 19:41
Re: Archetypes 589 Paul Cochrane 02-Feb-04 06:15
Re: Archetypes 250 Dominick Ohrbeck 09-Jan-04 23:55
Re: Archetypes 264 Jaimi 10-Jan-04 00:39
Re: Archetypes 260 Mark Staab 10-Jan-04 01:00
Re: Archetypes 266 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 05:57
Re: Archetypes 254 Mark Staab 14-Jan-04 21:06
Re: Archetypes 259 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:37
Re: Archetypes 302 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 00:32
Re: Archetypes 270 Jaimi 16-Jan-04 04:16
Re: Archetypes 280 Mark Staab 16-Jan-04 20:12
Re: Archetypes 343 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:44
Re: Archetypes 249 Mark Staab 18-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Archetypes 249 Nejc 10-Jan-04 18:54
Re: Archetypes 275 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Archetypes 258 fisherman 13-Jan-04 18:49
Re: Archetypes 288 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Archetypes 262 fisherman 19-Jan-04 19:00
Re: Archetypes 241 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:42
Re: Archetypes 277 Jaimi 13-Jan-04 20:03
Re: Archetypes 255 Dominick Ohrbeck 13-Jan-04 22:08
Re: Archetypes 247 fisherman 14-Jan-04 16:10
Re: Archetypes 246 Jaimi 15-Jan-04 04:14
Re: Archetypes 300 Dominick Ohrbeck 17-Jan-04 01:25
Re: Archetypes 277 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 02:53
Re: Archetypes 339 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Archetypes 262 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:52
Re: Archetypes 256 Dominick Ohrbeck 19-Jan-04 03:45
Re: Archetypes 238 Jaimi 20-Jan-04 23:38
Re: Archetypes 273 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: Archetypes 266 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 06:50
Re: Archetypes 258 Jaimi 21-Jan-04 20:57
Re: Archetypes 256 conveyancer 31-Jan-04 03:46
fisherman, Jaimi and conveyancer... 267 Dominick Ohrbeck 31-Jan-04 09:12
Re: Archetypes 250 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:30
Re: Archetypes 272 Jaimi 17-Jan-04 03:48
about the russian girl 264 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 09:33


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