The Bearded Mother

The Bearded Mother

The Bearded Mother

The Bearded Mother

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It is an essential feature
Of the primordial archetype
That it combines
Positive and negative attributes . . .
When the primordial archetype
Takes form in the imagination
Of man, its representations
Are often monstrous
And inhuman.
This is the phase of the chimerical
Creatures composed of different
Animals or of animal
And man--the griffins, sphinxes, harpies,
And also of such monstrosities
As phallic and bearded mothers.

Erich Neumann, The Great Mother , 1954 . . .

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