Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis This article has been updated. A brief history To those who lived and grew up during the Cold War era, the current tensions between North Korea and the US are a reminder that the conflicts of around 70 and more years ago have left legacies and enmities that have not yet gone away — and which still pose a real threat to world peace.
Birds are routinely seen as portents of impending calamity and death, while they are also often thought to bear or steal spirits of the dead, sometimes even embodying those very spirits themselves.
On the other hand, birds are also commonly associated with life, fertility, and longevity. This paper brings together cross-cultural evidence for the practically universal associations between birds and both life and death.
This paper offers an explanation for this associa- tion as an expression of the deep-seated human ambivalence to mortality. As a form of Jungian archetype, birds reflect a fundamental aspect of human nature—the denial of death as finality through a desire for renewal, transformation, and rebirth.
Keywords birds — Jungian — Jung — archetypes — death — rebirth — psychopomp — comparative religion — folklore — cross-cultural — symbolism — afterlife — spirits Introduction While attending a dinner party, a woman approached me and, knowing that a focus of my scholarship was the afterlife, asked me plainly whether there was a life after death.
She told me that her father had died only weeks earlier. While swimming in her pool, a tiny bird landed nearby. I left the conversation having learned a lesson about the sensitivity of my own research, and also wondering about a peculiar question: Why would any- one recognize the spirit of a deceased human in a creature seemingly so dif- ferent as a bird?
In a wide range of cultures, birds are symbolically connected with death in a number of ways. They are often considered harbingers or omens of immi- nent death. The casual reader might be inclined to accept all three connections between birds and the dead omens, carriers, and embodiments of the dead as aspects of one overarching belief in a general bird-death connection, but I will dem- onstrate below how different factors come into play in each case.
The various facets of the bird-death connection point to a more complex set of symbolic relationships. The symbolism of birds does not always focus on death, for instance, but just as often relates to fertility, longevity, and life itself.
I will argue that it is, in fact, this last connection that will prove more useful in understand- ing why birds should be so commonly linked to death in the folklore and popu- lar imagination of people around the world.
In psychoanalysis, an animal is not itself, but a symbol of human psychological processes—typically [. While it may be true that psychoanalysis does not deal directly with explicit human-animal relationships, it must be understood that, especially in Jungian psychoanalytic theory, the relationship is inherent in the archetype.
The subject, thus, mediates its experience of the Other whether human, nonhuman animal, or otherwise. With the archetypes, orig- inating in inherited, instinctual areas of what Jung called the collective uncon- scious, common parameters for experience are established allowing for shared understanding across individuals.
Our capacity to understand and evaluate such shared experience is limited by our ability to communicate, thereby we focus the phenomenological study of experience on the human, but there is no reason to exclude out-of-hand the possibility of extending such shared experi- ence across species.
Jung explained, through the concept of the collective unconscious, that there are certain instinctual meaning structures archetypes common to all human beings.
As unconscious contents of the mind, when these structures are recognized consciously they often evoke a noetic sense of having come from elsewhere, lending experiences of archetypes a numinous quality.Gallup's ninth employee engagement meta-analysis combines decades of employee engagement data and illustrates the connections between highly engaged teams and increases in business outcomes.
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