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The Power of the Great Mother is the
story of a mother-huntress: her daughter is abducted and
mistreated and she rescues her daughter and takes revenge.
I tell the story and show, using Jungian principles, how it portrays feminine psychology differentiating in the face of envy.
Legend: The girl who stayed in the fork of a tree. Bena Mukini people, Zambia. African Folktales and Sculpture, ed. Paul Radin (New York, 1952)
Sculpture: Female spirit mate, Blolo Bla, of Baule people, Ivory Coast.
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