The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype (Works by Erich Neumann) (Revised Edition)

October 30, 2020
The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype (Works by Erich Neumann) (Revised Edition)

This landmark book explores the Great Mother as a primordialimage of the human psyche. Here the renowned analyticalpsychologist Erich Neumann draws on ritual, mythology, art, andrecords of dreams and fantasies to examine how this archetype hasbeen outwardly expressed in many cultures and periods sinceprehistory. He shows how the feminine has been represented asgoddess, monster, gate, pillar, tree, moon, sun, vessel, and everyanimal from snakes to birds. Neumann discerns a universalexperience of the maternal as both nurturing and fearsome, anexperience rooted in the dialectical relation of growingconsciousness, symbolized by the child, to the unconscious and theunknown, symbolized by the Great Mother.Featuring a new foreword by Martin Liebscher, this PrincetonClassics edition of The Great Mother introduces a newgeneration of readers to this profound and enduring work.