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The Fertile Abyss: La Llorona, La Malinche, and the Role of the Terrible Mother Archetype in Transcending Oppression
by Lee-Herbert, Beth, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 62; 10749323
Abstract (Summary)

As consciousness develops out of the unconscious, according to Jungian analyst Erich Neumann, it passes through necessary phases, both in the individual and on the collective level. Part of this process is demonizing that which was formerly unconscious, represented in myth and dreams as the archetypal Terrible Mother. In Mexico and the American Southwest, mythological representations of this archetype appear in the ghost story of La Llorona and the mythic historical figure of La Malinche. These myths are examined to show the emergence of consciousness of personal and systemic oppression. The tension that arises from this new level of consciousness gives way to what Carl G. Jung termed the transcendent function, a new paradigm of cultural consciousness beyond oppressor and oppressed. Using hermeneutic methodology, this research additionally explores the transcendent function and active imagination along with liberation psychology’s notion of liberation arts to facilitate healing from personal and systemic oppression.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Latin American Studies, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Jung, Carl G., La Llorona, La Malinche, Liberation psychology, Neumann, Erich, Oppression
Publication Number: 10749323
ISBN: 978-0-355-86847-0
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