Essays on a Science of Mythology: The Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis
This work on two central themes in mythology and the human unconscious, written jointly by the Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung and the Hungarian classical scholar Carl Kerényi, originally appeared in German in 1941. Translated and published in English in 1949, this introduction to the interior world of mystic consciousness has gone through many popular editions and become a classic point of reference for students of Greek religion as well as of depth psychology.
Kerényi contributes to this work an introduction, a monograph on the Primordial Child in Primordial Time, and an essay on the figure of the Kore, or Maiden Goddess. Jung amplifies on these themes from the perspective of his explorations in psychological archetypes, specifically those of the Mother and Child. The Jung essays are extracted from Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Vol. 9, I in the Collected Works). Kerényi has written further on this subject in a later study, Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter.