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Posted on 01/31/2008


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Pan's cave

Pan's cave
An old pepper tree trunk (Schinus molle).

Cave

Broadly speaken, its meaning is probably confined to that of the general symbolism of containment, of the enclosed or the concealed. It underlies certain images such as the medieval cave which symbolizes the human hearth as the spiritual 'centre' (14). For Jung, it stands for the security and the impregnability of the unconscius. It appears fairly often in emblematic and mythological iconography is the meeting place for figures of deities, forebears and archetypes, becoming therefore an objective image of Hades. although still expressive of the psychological uncounscoius (32). Cult sites in prehistory -some caves showing traces of the Ice Age were later made into Christian shrines. Lourdes is a religiuos cave of the Quaternary. Kühn has found traces of recent offerings in North African sites with prehistoric indications. Caves with their darkness, are womb-symbols. That the German Höhle (cave) and Holle (hell) are related is not without significance. (See Herbert Kühn. The Rock Pictures of Europe.)

14. Davy, M.-M. Essai sur la Symbolique Romane. Paris, 1955
32. C. G. Jung. Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works, 12). London, 1953

Juan Eduardo Cirlot
A Dictionary of Symbols (2nd. Ed)
Barnes & Noble, NY. 1971

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