Essays on a Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis / Edition 1

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Essays on a Science of Mythology is a cooperative work between C. Kerényi, who has been called "the most psychological of mythologists," and C. G. Jung, who has been called "the most mythological of psychologists." Kerényi contributes an essay on the Divine Child and one on the Kore (the Maiden), together with a substantial introduction and conclusion. Jung contributes a psychological commentary on each essay. Both men hoped, through their collaboration, to elevate the study of mythology to the status of a science.

In "The Primordial Child in Primordial Times" Kerényi treats the child-God as an enduring and significant figure in Greek, Norse, Finnish, Etruscan, and Judeo-Christian mythology. He discusses the Kore as Athena, Artemis, Hecate, and Demeter-Persephone, the mother-daughter of the Eleusinian mysteries. Jung speaks of the Divine Child and the Maiden as living psychological realities that provide continuing meaning in people's lives.

The investigations of C. Kerényi are continued in a later study, Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Princeton).

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There is an abundance of interesting and occasionally suggestive detail . . . and beyond all this there is the undeniable importance and fascination of the question of the archetypes which Jung puts before us.
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"There is an abundance of interesting and occasionally suggestive detail . . . and beyond all this there is the undeniable importance and fascination of the question of the archetypes which Jung puts before us."Sewanee Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691017563
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1969
  • Series: Bollingen Series (General) Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,018,741
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Note vii
Prolegomena 1
I The Primordial Child in Primordial Times 25
1. Child-Gods 25
2. The Orphan Child 27
3. A Vogul God 30
4. Kullervo 33
5. Narayana 40
6. Apollo 46
7. Hermes 51
8. Zeus 58
9. Dionysus 66
II The Psychology of the Child Archetype 70
I. Introduction 70
II. The Psychology of the Child Archetype 79
1. The Archetype as a Link with the Past 79
2. The Function of the Archetype 81
3. The Futurity of the Archetype 83
4. Unity and Plurality of the Child-Motif 84
5. Child-God and Child-Hero 84
III. The Special Phenomenology of the Child-Archetype 86
1. The Abandonment of the Child 86
2. The Invincibility of the Child 89
3. The Hermaphroditism of the Child 92
4. The Child as Beginning and End 96
IV. Conclusion 98
III Kore 101
1. Anadyomene 102
2. The Paradox of the Mythological Idea 103
3. Maiden-Goddesses 106
4. Hecate 109
5. Demeter 113
6. Persephone 120
7. Indonesian Kore Figures 129
8. The Kore in Eleusis 136
9. The Eleusinian Paradox 151
IV The Psychological Aspects of the Kore 156
1. Case X 165
2. Case Y 169
3. Case Z 174
Epilegomena: The Miracle of Eleusis 178
References Cited 184
Index 197
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