Definitions

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  • n. A basic core element, motif or theme of a myth.

Etymologies

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1949, (Carl Kerenyi, "Prologomena", in C. G. Jung and C. Kerenyi (eds)., Science of mythology: Essays on the myth of the divine child and the mysteries of Eleusis.), from Ancient Greek  (mythologema, "mythical narrative");  (mythologein, "to tell mythical tales"); mythos (myth) & -logos (word or speech).

Examples

  • While the same fundamental mythologem is present in both cases, it seems that in Jung's case it left beside or only marginally present, in Dylan's opus as well as in his performances it occupies central part.

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  • The many-faceted opus of Bob Dylan is structured by the same basic mythologem as the Bible, especially the Second Isaiah and the Revelation.

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  • But this is not the only similarity between the individuation process symbolically pictured both in Dylan's opus and in the Bible, where the same deepest mythologem structured the whole book, especially the Book of Isaiah - culminating in the Servant Songs formed in 6th century B.C. - and was further extended in the Book of Revelation in the end of 1st century A.D.

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  • Since in all these cases is active the same mythologem (which, as it seems to me, first explicitly appeared in the Book of Isaiah, especially in the Servant Songs) it is also not just coincidence that the same elements present in the Servant Songs are also present in "Shelter from the Storm" - the Dylan's song that prepares the second part of the extended individuation process.

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  • The many-faceted opus of Bob Dylan - which in its wholeness masterfully pictures the individuation process which includes the deepest layers of the psyche - is structured by the same basic mythologem as the Bible, especially the Second Isaiah and the Revelation.

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  • However, in difference to the Servant mythologem, Lamb is recognized and honored by the whole cosmos.

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  • This is the another figure - appearing, like in Revelation, with the duplication and further differentiation of the mythologem - but here the pair is completely separated (ibid., p. 336):

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  • The same mythologem is also active in Dylan's opus, where - with the inclusion of the deepest part of the psyche - came to the repetition and extension of the transformation process, explicitly expressed in Dylan's song "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" from 1966:

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  • So Jesus was not so disfigured that he seemed less then human; still more importantly, in difference to the Servant, Jesus had the public career, he was known, and his suffering was not constantly accentuated, but it came in the end culminating in his crucifixion; and most of all, in difference to the mythologem of Suffering Servant, Jesus 'career, as seen by his contemporaries immediately after his sacrificial death, ended in a complete failure.

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  • Here the further differentiation of the Suffering Servant archetype occurred with its division or duplication into two figures: the apocalyptic Lamb and the male child, which in a context of the individuation process symbolize the transpersonal and personal Self - which only together can fulfill all aspects of the mythologem.

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