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Creation Myths - Marie-Louise Von Franz

Paperback Published: 1st May 2001
ISBN: 9781570626067
Number Of Pages: 384

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Creation myths are the deepest and most important of all myths because they are concerned with both the basic patterns of existence and the ultimate meaning of life. In this book, an eminent Jungian analyst examines the recurring motifs that appear in creation myths from around the world and shows what they teach us about the mysteries of creativity, the cycles of renewal in human life, and the birth of consciousness in the individual psyche. Among the topics discussed are:

   •  Why the creative process is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, loneliness, and fear of the unknown.
   •  The meaning of creation motifs such as the egg, the seed, the primordial being, the creative fire, the separation of heaven and earth, and the four stages of creation.
   •  Creation symbolism in the alchemical opus of medieval tradition.
   •  How creation-myth motifs appear in the dreams of people who are on the verge of a leap forward in consciousness.

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"This is a book all should read. In doing so, one will expand the mind to different levels of thought and in relationship to our contemporary life in such an interesting and scholarly fashion."-- Spiritual Frontiers

"[Von Franz] ranges authoritatively over the myths of many cultures and succeeds in explaining widespread archetypal images that inform the collective unconscious and contribute to our ability to create as individual human beings."-- Parabola

Prefacep. vii
The Creation Mythp. 1
The Cosmogonic Awakeningp. 28
Creation from Above, Creation from Belowp. 38
The Two Creatorsp. 91
Deus Faberp. 132
The First Victimp. 154
Subjective Moods of the Creatorp. 181
Germs and Eggsp. 224
The Twofold and Fourfold Division of the Universep. 233
Abortive Attempts at Creationp. 262
Chainsp. 289
Creation Renewed and Reversedp. 328
Notesp. 361
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9781570626067
ISBN-10: 1570626065
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 16.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1