Enki at Eridu: God of directed thinking

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A key focus for Jungians and post-Jungians alike has long been the ‘interchangeability of mythology and psychology’. C.G. Jung once described mythology as ‘the textbook of archetypes’, where the unconscious psyche ‘is not rationally elucidated and explained, but simply represented like a picture or a story book’, and where archetypes can be understood as ‘patterns of psychic perception and understanding common to all human beings’. It is interesting to note, however, that in recent times non-Jungian approaches to myth also seem to be reaching towards this way of thinking about the ‘interchangeability of mythology and psychology’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ecstatic and the Archaic: An Analytical Psychological Inquiry
EditorsPaul Bishop, Leslie Gardner
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781138300538
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Carl Jung
  • Sumerian myth
  • archetype
  • Enki
  • Engur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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