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Goddesses and Primal View of Life：Mutual Explications and Poetic Implications
Goddess;View of life;Poetics;Metaphor;Mother archetype
|Issue Date: ||2013-05-28T09:35:31Z
The mutual explications existed between the idea of goddesses and the primal view of life are manifest in the following instances: “Nuwa Huasheng [Nuwa creating life]” and the power of creation; “Xihe Yuri [Xihe carrying the sun on a carriage],”“Changxi Yuyue [Changxi bathing the moon]” and the evolution of time; “Nuyi Xichun [Nuyi managing spring],” “Qingnu Busha [Qingnu spreading death]” and the ordering of growth;“Xiwangmu granting elixir of life” and the phenomenon of death, etc. All these relationships originate from a shared spiritual foundation－maternity. Maternity contains both biological and social aspects. The former involves the maternal body, giving birth and mother-child relationship; the latter includes motherhood, the paragon of motherhood and ethics and filial piety. The primeval view of life and the shaping of goddess figure are based on maternity and influenced by the mother archetype. Similarly, both are developed under the cognitive framework of mother-child relation, self and the origin of self. As a result, the goddess is the incarnation of self and the manipulator of one’s own fate. Accordingly, the literatures on goddess have their unique poetic implications of examining the existence of self in writing.
|Relation: ||彰化師範大學文學院學報, 6: 65-78|
|Appears in Collections:||[文學院學報] 第六期|
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