Topics: Myth and Fairytale, Gender and Sexuality.
Orpheus & Eurydice: Journeys Through the Underworld
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice suggests that men and women respond differently to underworld experience. Typically, in the myths, male heroes enter the underworld deliberately for the sake of some daylight world project. They set out to obtain some precious knowledge, to rescue someone, to demonstrate their courage, or to be transformed. Females are more often abducted into the underworld—but, once there, they discover that it is where they belong. For a time at least, it is their real world. This program seeks to understand the soul meaning of both modes of response and compares their relevance to our own experiences of desolation and loss.
© 1991 Christine Downing
Ⓟ 1991 CG Jung Institute of Chicago