African Unconscious: Roots of Ancient Mysticism and Modern Psychology / Edition 1

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In what is being praised as an epic work and a unique contribution to the dialogue on African diasporic studies and the African origin of civilization, psychologist Edward Bruce Bynum has elegantly crafted a work which is truly groundbreaking and monumental in The African Unconscious: Roots of Ancient Mysticism and Modern Psychology.

Drawing his documentation and research from the fields of biology, physics, history, anthropology, archaeology, mysticism, psychology, and astronomy, Dr. Bynum demonstrates how all human beings are linked through a primordial African collective unconscious. Through this collective and common African origin, the genetic, psychic, spiritual, and cultural origins of our species are traceable in spite of apparent differences between peoples based on "race," language, cultural style, spirituality, and geographic location.

As a new millennium approaches this book will undoubtedly have far-reaching significance and applicability. In our quest to better the world in which we live new paradigms will be needed which offer bold new insights and ideas. Dr. Bynum's research on the African collective unconscious provides a starting point through which the wisdom of the ages contained within it can be unleashed for the betterment of humanity.

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What People Are Saying

Linda James Myers
What Bynum has accomplished in pulling together such a mammoth body of knowledge and research into one cogent volume and theme is remarkable. He writes with the clarity and insight of a seer about the most profound of subject matters. A contribution to knowledge of this magnitude seldom comes once in a decade.
Rowland O. Abiodun
The African Unconscious is indeed a daring work, and a unique contribution to African diasporic studies. It is a must for all students of human psychology. ( Rowland O. Abiodun, Amherst College )
Lee S. Sannella, M.D.
I read with awe this passionate, brilliant, epic work. It is one of the most exhaustive and revealing studies of Black and human origins I have ever seen. Finely crafted, it is a massive contribution to the literature, a must reading for the scholar, the student of consciousness studies, and the general public itself. ( Lee S. Sannella, M.D., author of The Kundalini Experience )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807737743
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Counseling and Development Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Note from the Series Editor
1 Kiaspora, or the Great Dispersion 1
2 The African Unconscious 77
3 The Roots of Modern Science and Religion in Ancient Egypt 103
4 Kundalini and the Spread of African Mysticism 127
5 The Osirian Complex 154
6 The African Religions in Their Diaspora to the West 170
7 Freud, Judaism, and the Limits of Psychodynamic Insight 210
8 The Present Confrontation in the Americas 246
9 The Rudiments of Kemetic Philosophy in African/Indian Yoga Science 294
App. A Principal West African Yoruba Deities Orisha and Their Expressions in the Americas 326
App. B The Ten Plagues of Moses 328
App. C Partial List of Dances of African American Origin 329
References 331
Index 347
About the Author 355
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