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Developed by ARAS - The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism where interpretive statements were formulated by analytical psychologists that connect archetypal symbolism to the inner experience of contemporary women and men.

These fifteen archetypes, common to myth and folklore worldwide, will form the core in our selection of mythic themes. This structure ensures a cohesive ‘weaving of common threads’ and underlies the all-important cross-cultural quality of the exploratorium:
 

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Cosmos and Creation * Center of the World

Sacred Animals * Monsters

Goddesses * Gods

Sacred Marriage * The Divine Child

Heroes and Heroines – The Monomyth

Sacred Kingship * Saviors

 Duality and Reconciliation * Revelation

Death * Transformation

(View the Monomyth´s Three Stages)

 
 
 
 
 
 
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COSMOS AND CREATION

Colossal Wheel from the Sun Temple   Helios, the Zodiac, and the Four Seasons The Cosmic Egg The Jain Universe in the Form of the Cosmic Person Brahma Offering Lotuses Eleven-Headed Female Figure Four Dwarfs Support the Sky The Entrance to Paradise Gods and Demons Churning the Ocean


CENTER OF THE WORLD

Fuji Pilgrimage Mandala Khandariya Mahadeva Temple The Ur Ziggurat The Dome of the Rock The Great Stupa at Sanchi The Ascension of Christ The Dance of the Xocotlhuetzi Christian Labyrinth Siuhu’s House


SACRED ANIMALS

Frog Zeus Meilichios The God Thoth as an Ibis with the Goddess Maat Hathor as a Nurturing Feral Cow Lion Capital at Sarnath Bear Screen Anubis on His Pylon-Shaped Shrine Bees Clasping a Honeycomb


   
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MONSTERS

Lion-Man Ganesha, Lord of Hosts Mushhush, the Serpent-Dragon Twisted Face Medusa and Pegasus The Binding of Fenrir Thor Catches the World Serpent Apocalyptic Vision: Ecclesia and the Dragon Sisiutl, the Two-Headed Serpent


GODDESSES

Goddess Presented with Offerings Aphrodite Riding a Goose Tara The Goddess Nimba The Goddess Freyja The Goddess Camunda Coatlicue


GODS

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhana Oath-Taking Figure Odin, the One-Eyed God The Norse God Freyr One of the Twin Gods of War (Ahayuta) Rama and Sita in the Forest The Moon as an Above Person Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk


 
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SACRED MARRIAGE

Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Rainbow The Investiture of King Zimri-Lim of Mari The Binding of Isaac Leda and the Swan The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa The Annunciation Loving Couple


THE DIVINE CHILD

The Divine Child Dancing on a Lotus The Birth of Mithra from a Rock The Birth of Athena The Nativity of Christ Skaoaga and Her Bear Child First Bath and First Steps of Sakyamuni Kukai (Kobo Daishi as a Boy) The Buddha-to-Be as a Truthful Youth Snake Goddess and Child


SACRED KINGSHIP

Ptah Embracing Sesostris Mandhata, the Chakravartin Thutmose III Suckled by the Sycamore Goddess Beaded Crown Torah Crown The Coronation of the Virgin The Throne of Wisdom (Sedes Sapientiae)


 

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SAVIORS

Christ the Savior in the Tree of Life Preaching Hall and Tirthnkara Colossal Buddha Standing Budda Maitreya Maitreya and Attendants Avalokiteshvara as Psychopomp


HEROES AND HEROINES

Saint George and the Dragon Bahram the Gor Killing the Dragon Judith and Holofernes Ananda Mohakasyapa The Good Shepherd Susanna and the Elders Amenhotep Son of Hapu


DUALITY AND RECONCILIATION

A Pair of Intertwined Serpents Esu Shrine Figures Ardhanarishvara, the Lord Whose Half Is Woman Androgynous Water Spirit (Nommo) Irises and Zigzag Bridge The Royal Portal Twin Figure with a Beaded Jacket Ankh Mirror Case of Tutankhamen


   
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REVELATION

The Coming of Elijah The Ancient in Years The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) Divination Tray Divination Vessel with an Attached Figure Land Otter Man Shaman’s Mask Queen Trisala Dreaming


DEATH

The Crucifixion The Creation of Adam and the Fall The Temptation of Eve Anubis and the Weighing of the Heart The Weighing of Souls The Last Judgment Shiva and His Family Wailing Female Mourner



TRANSFORMATION

Apollo and Daphne Aphrodite Emerging from the Waters The Baptism of Christ The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ The Crossing of the Red Sea Mithraeum The Goddess Chinnamasta Menorah Flanked by Olive Trees Minoan Libation Table
   
 
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