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Feminine Figures in African Mythology

  • Ismahan Soukeyna DiopEmail author
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Part of the Pan-African Psychologies book series (PAAFPS)

Abstract

In this chapter, we have visited the literature of myths and tales, and connected them to some psychoanalytic concepts. Through the work of some authors, we could tell the theories of the beginning of humanity, and how the roles of male and female were designed by the Dogon people. We have seen how this conception of the genesis induced the idea of the female power being incompatible with the balance of the world. The maternal archaic superego could be the remaining of this matriarchy, in the collective unconscious. The fear of this female power seems to stay vivid in the society, and transpires through feminine figures of tales. In the analysis of several African tales, we have observed three feminine figures: the devouring mother, the old woman and the good mother.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté de Lettres et Sciences HumainesCheikh Anta Diop UniversityDakarSenegal

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