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The Wisdom of the Serpent: The Myths of Death, Rebirth, and Resurrection.
     

The Wisdom of the Serpent: The Myths of Death, Rebirth, and Resurrection.

by Joseph Lewis Henderson, Maud Oakes
 

The tribal initiation of the shaman, the archetype of the serpent, exemplifies the death of the self and a rebirth into transcendent life. This book traces the images of spiritual initiation in religious rituals and myths of resurrection, poems and epics, cycles of nature, and art and dreaming. It dramatizes the metamorphosis from a common experience of death's

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The tribal initiation of the shaman, the archetype of the serpent, exemplifies the death of the self and a rebirth into transcendent life. This book traces the images of spiritual initiation in religious rituals and myths of resurrection, poems and epics, cycles of nature, and art and dreaming. It dramatizes the metamorphosis from a common experience of death's inevitability into a transcendent freedom beyond individual limitations.

"This is a classic work in analytical psychology that offers crucial insights on the meaning of death symbolism (and its inevitably accompanying rebirth and resurrection symbolism) as part of the great theme of initiation, of which [Henderson] is the world's foremost psychological interpreter. This material is really the next step after the hero myth that Joseph Campbell has made so popular, and provides an understanding of how not to use the hero myth in an inflated way as a psychology of mastery, but as an attainment progressively to be died beyond. [Henderson] is helped by the presence of Maud Oakes, who is a trained anthropologist with exquisite taste in her choice of mythic materials and respect for their original contexts."--John Beebe

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Booknews
The series makes available in paperback many influential studies on world mythology. This is a reprint of the 1963 (Braziller) work in analytical psychology which goes beyond the hero myth popularized by Joseph Campbell. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691020648
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/15/1990
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.77(d)

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