Publisher description for Essays on a science of mythology; the myth of the divine child and the mysteries of Eleusis, by C. G. Jung and C. Kerâenyi. Translated by R. F. C. Hull.


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Counter Essays on a Science of Mythology is a cooperative work between C. Kere;nyi, who has been called "the most psychological of mythologists," and C. G. Jung, who has been called "the most mythological of psychologists." Kere;nyi contributes an essay on the Divine Child and one on the Kore (the Maiden), together with a substantial introduction and conclusion. Jung contributes a psychological commentary on each essay. Both men hoped, through their collaboration, to elevate the study of mythology to the status of a science.

In "The Primordial Child in Primordial Times" Kere;nyi treats the child-God as an enduring and significant figure in Greek, Norse, Finnish, Etruscan, and Judeo-Christian mythology. He discusses the Kore as Athena, Artemis, Hecate, and Demeter-Persephone, the mother-daughter of the Eleusinian mysteries. Jung speaks of the Divine Child and the Maiden as living psychological realities that provide continuing meaning in people's lives.

The investigations of C. Kere;nyi are continued in a later study, Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Princeton).

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Mythology, Psychoanalysis