Mythology – archaic relics or an archetypal and universal source of constant renewal? : an exploration of the relationship between myth and archetype in the myth of Demeter and Persephone

Conradie, Catharina Maria (2006-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Ancient Studies)--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


This thesis deals with the connection between mythology and psychagogy, and a structured way of reading and using myth for personal development is suggested. The myth of Demeter and Persephone is used for this purpose, and the text of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter is analysed as the basic (but not exclusive) text. In the modern world the psychagogic component relies on the work of Jung, which is seen as the most appropriate template available. His concept of the archetype is particularly useful, and the archetype of the mother goddess is analysed as a representation of the personal and spiritual development of modern women.

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