"The Origins and History of Consciousness" draws on a full range
of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes
the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness as
a whole. Erich Neumann was one of C. G. Jung's most creative
students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in
his own right. In this influential book, Neumann shows how the
stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, the
tail-eating serpent. The intermediate stages are projected in the
universal myths of the World Creation, Great Mother, Separation of
the World Parents, Birth of the Hero, Slaying of the Dragon, Rescue
of the Captive, and Transformation and Deification of the Hero.
Throughout the sequence, the Hero is the evolving ego
Featuring a foreword by Jung, this Princeton Classics edition
introduces a new generation of readers to this eloquent and
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