Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

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Labyrinth and minotaur--About the relationship of drive and spirit

Schock, W.

Abstract:  Presents a religious-historical and psychological exposition of the concepts of the labyrinth and of the Minotaur myth.  The labyrinth is an archetypal model in widespread use in cultural history that the author interprets as the essential relationship for the individuation of the internal and external world.  With a brief look at the omnipresence of bull symbols in Ancient Cretan (Minoan) culture, he brings it into relationship with the dialectics of spirit and drive, in which reference to an early treatise by C. G. Jung on the libido theory is included.  The latter, also in regard to the Minotaur story, is closely associated with the labyrinth motif at a certain point concerning the constellation of spirit and driven force or inner motivation.  The Minotaur story is considered to be a transition phenomenon between Minoan and Greek consciousness, in which both cultural forms are interpreted as historical manifestations of primeval or archetypal history of mankind itself.  Myths are forms of expression of primeval, archetypal consciousness that extend beyond the areas and periods of time to which they belong and serve to indicate the general features marking the progress of humanity and possible wrong directions taken.

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