Archetype

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  1. a collectively-inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., that is universally present, in individual psyches, as in Jungian psychology
  2. a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.
Carl Jung observed that myths and religions across cultures contain common themes and entities: for example, images of the mother, father, wife, husband, lover, fool, devil, shadow, hero, saviour, and many others.
The stories woven from these beings, as gods, goddesses, semi-mortals, heroes, and demons, constitute the myths and religious stories of humankind.
Carl Jung thought that these myths about such archetypal entities constitute the ‘dreams’ of cultures, and that the stories and archetypes originate in the dreams and fantasies of individuals.
A frequent critic of Christianity, he nevertheless said, “what happens in the life of Christ happens always and everywhere, as Christ is the archetype of the self, the archetype of the God-man.”
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