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The Wisdom of the Serpent: The Myths of Death, Rebirth, and Resurrection (Mythos)

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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

Book News Annotation:

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)

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

The Myths of Death, Rebirth, and Resurrection: The tribal initiation of the shaman, the archetype of the serpent, exemplifies the death of the self and rebirth into transcendent, 'unknowable' life.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-253) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691020648
Other:
Henderson, Joseph L.
With:
Oakes, Maud
Author:
Henderson, Joseph L.
Author:
Oakes, Maud
Author:
Henderson, Joseph Lewis
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Resurrection
Subject:
Regeneration
Subject:
Resurrection -- Comparative Studies.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Death -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Death -- Mythology.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
August 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.34x5.86x.77 in. .94 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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

"Synopsis" by , The Myths of Death, Rebirth, and Resurrection: The tribal initiation of the shaman, the archetype of the serpent, exemplifies the death of the self and rebirth into transcendent, 'unknowable' life.
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