The African Unconscious: Roots of Ancient Mysticism and Modern Psychology

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"What Bynum has accomplished in pulling together such a mammoth body of knowledge and research into one cogent volume and theme is remarkable.... A contribution of this magnitude seldom comes once in a decade." -Linda James Myers, Ph.D., author of Understanding an Afrocentric World View

The African Unconscious, originally published in 1999, is an Afro-centric look at human history based on archaeology, genetics, and the biospiritual roots of religion and science. Author Edward Bruce Bynum offers a captivating and...

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Overview

"What Bynum has accomplished in pulling together such a mammoth body of knowledge and research into one cogent volume and theme is remarkable.... A contribution of this magnitude seldom comes once in a decade." -Linda James Myers, Ph.D., author of Understanding an Afrocentric World View

The African Unconscious, originally published in 1999, is an Afro-centric look at human history based on archaeology, genetics, and the biospiritual roots of religion and science. Author Edward Bruce Bynum offers a captivating and controversial viewpoint on the roots of our human existence, positing that all humans at their deepest core are variations on the African template, creating a shared identity and collective unconscious in all. He looks at both phenotypical types and psychic structures that form and identify us as human beings. Ideal for humanistic and transpersonal psychologists and those interested in African American art and culture, The African Unconscious is a blend of modern and ancient psychology that provides a relevant backdrop to humanity and our daily life.

"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." -Lee S. Sannella, M.D., author of The Kundalini Experience

"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, author of Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought

"The scope of the author's knowledge is simply awesome, and that, coupled with his engaging writing style, makes not for an 'easy' ready, but an adventuresome one.... For those who entertain notions of collective unconscious and deep structure racial messages, I cannot think of a better text that navigates such thinking." -William E. Cross, Jr., Ph.D., author of Shades of Black

EDWARD BRUCE BYNUM, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Health Services, a Senior Fellow in the Society for Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (BICA), and a Diplomat (ABPP) in the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Bynum is the author of numerous books and articles, including five texts in psychology and three poetry books. He has won numerous awards, including the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the APA, and is a student and practitioner of Kundalini Yoga. He is married with two sons and lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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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: 9781616406660
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 672,764
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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Note from the Series Editor
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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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