Jungian Cross-Cultural Symbols

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Jungian Cross-Cultural Symbols

Postby jewish_scientist » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:55 pm UTC

Sorry for asking this here, but it was the best section that I could think of, because my question concerns literature.

Bit of history: Psychoanalyst Carl Jung carefully analyzed stories from many different societies. Even though the societies vastly different technology, religion, ethnicity, history, geography, culture and basically any other property you can think of, he found commonalities that were always present, to one degree or another. It is like how all stories are structured around the Hero's Journey. Jung took things like this and said that they reveal something fundamental about the human condition. Since he could not travel to these societies, he gathered his evidence by reading their literature. One of the most prominent symbols that he found was the relationship between the Sun and the Moon reflecting that between man and woman.

I want to read more about these symbols and what they represent. A list would be ideal, but anything will do, because I can only find the occasional mentions of these symbols in Jungian works. Thank you.
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Re: Jungian Cross-Cultural Symbols

Postby Zohar » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:29 pm UTC

Probably represent toxic masculinity and patriarchy.
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Re: Jungian Cross-Cultural Symbols

Postby doogly » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:31 pm UTC

Two big celestial objects, two sexes, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strong_La ... ll_Numbers

But yeah there's not much discussion of it because it's mostly just deeply flawed cherry picking.
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Re: Jungian Cross-Cultural Symbols

Postby eSOANEM » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:20 am UTC

Also, there's some linguistic evidence for the genders of deities/personifications of the sun and moon having swapped in Indo-European cultures, without much reason to assume that happened at the same time meaning there was probably some period where there were male and female deities/personifications simultaneously applied to the sun/moon or a period where both the sun and moon had deities/personifications of the same gender.
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Re: Jungian Cross-Cultural Symbols

Postby Dr34m(4+(h3r » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:57 pm UTC

There is no universal symbolism. Read Schopenhauer's World as Will and Representation Volume I, his positions on symbolism are better.

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