Essays on a Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis by C. G. JungEssays on a Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis by C. G. Jung

Essays on a Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis

byC. G. Jung

Paperback | October 21, 1969

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Essays on a Science of Mythologyis a cooperative work between C. Kerényi, who has been called "the most psychological of mythologists," and C. G. Jung, who has been called "the most mythological of psychologists." Kerényi contributes an essay on the Divine Child and one on theKore(the Maiden), together with a substantial introduction and conclusion. Jung contributes a psychological commentary on each essay. Both men hoped, through their collaboration, to elevate the study of mythology to the status of a science.


In "The Primordial Child in Primordial Times" Kerényi treats the child-God as an enduring and significant figure in Greek, Norse, Finnish, Etruscan, and Judeo-Christian mythology. He discusses theKoreas Athena, Artemis, Hecate, and Demeter-Persephone, the mother-daughter of the Eleusinian mysteries. Jung speaks of the Divine Child and the Maiden as living psychological realities that provide continuing meaning in people's lives.


The investigations of C. Kerényi are continued in a later study,Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter(Princeton).

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Title:Essays on a Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of EleusisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.54 inPublished:October 21, 1969Publisher:Princeton University Press

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ISBN - 10:0691017565

ISBN - 13:9780691017563

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This introduction to the interior world of mythic consciousness has gone through many popular editions and become a classic point of reference for students of Greek religion as well as the depth psychology.

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"There is an abundance of interesting and occasionally suggestive detail . . . and beyond all this there is the undeniable importance and fascination of the question of the archetypes which Jung puts before us."--Sewanee Review