Mind archeologists 

I’ve been recently struck by a sentence I read in “Don’t Know Much About Mythology” by K.C. Davis (2006).

“Jung believed that the entire psychological development of humanity could be traced by studying myths, fairy tales and fables.”

It made me think about the roles of myths and those who study mythology and draw some parallels between archaeologists and psychologists. Archaeologists rummage through the soil in search of fossils, artifacts and antiques and are able to reconstruct life on Earth, since the early days of our planet to the magnificent civilizations which flourished one day.

Through time, the development of the modern homo sapiens from the primeval hominids can be reconstructed by finding and examining traces left behind and preserved. Bones, artifacts and more recently, texts and symbols carved on slate or written on papyrus / scrolls are the clues used by archaeologists to give us detailed accounts from time immemorial.

Psychologists also rummage through a land. The land of our conscious and unconscious worlds.

And myths, like fossils and artifacts provide a great deal of information about our psyche and how it developed together with our intelligence. Myths, just like the traces left by our ancestors also became more and more complex as human beings acquired a better understanding of the world surrounding them.

Therefore, by studying myths, we understand the psychological development of our species as Jung proposed. One more reason to delve into the mythical symbology as a means to finding out more about ourselves and how we came to being what we are today.

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Go to hell!

Katabasis is the journey taken by a hero to Hell (The Underworld to the ancient Greeks). The aim of the journey was to acquire valuable experience and learn a lesson that would not only positively transform the individual but also the community whose the hero belonged to. Therefore, not only did the individual gain precious knowledge to lead a better life but also the other members of the community.

The advancements engendered by such experiences meant that life in the social, religious, philosophical, technical and psychological fields was greatly improved.

So, next time someone tells you to go to hell, take the journey gladly as it will grant you better knowledge of life and the respect and admiration of those around you.