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Reference publications: Kore/Maiden

Jung on the Kore/Maiden archetype

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Makowski, J. F. (1985). Persephone, Psyche, and the mother-maiden archetype. The Classical Outlook, 62(3), 73–78.

"This paper, while acknowledging that the Jungian approach to myth is only one of many and conceding that many of the school's contentions are open to question, has as its aim the examination of two narratives from classical antiquity which lend themselves very well to the Jungian mode of interpretation. The purpose here is not to argue the validity of one psychological theory over another but rather to illustrate how the application of Jungian ideas to myth can contribute to the appreciation of two familiar stories as embodied in two important works of classical literature."


Smith, B. M. (2004). The Kore Observed. Psychological Perspectives, 47(2), 188–202.

"The article discusses ancient cultures, religions and mythologies, the relation of culture and religion with the development of women since ancient time. Particular focus is given to the three facets of Goddess in the development of women including the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. It also focuses on the model of consistency between beliefs and behaviors."

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Tait, P. (2010). The Kore: My experiences with the maiden archetype. Psychological Perspectives: A Semiannual Journal of Jungian Thought, 53(2), 175–188.

"An exploration of the living reality of the psyche, this article shows how the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone is unconsciously incarnated in the 20th-century life of the author as a young woman. Beginning with a numinous childhood dream, she describes her experiences of being possessed by the autonomous archetype of the Kore, how the possession guided her psychological development and influenced her early career as a dancer. Following in the footsteps of the myth, she considers the positive impact of Hades' rape of the Kore, especially as it impacts the development of the animus in a woman. The struggle to establish a healing relationship with Demeter in the face of a deeply negative personal mother complex leads her back to the dance studio for active imagination in movement that releases the transcendent function within her body and in synchronous events in her world."

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