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


This chapter aims to respond to the initial problematics of this book. It brings a reflection about women’s status in Africa. The rules of society serve the purpose to protect men from an archaïc memory of submission to the Great maternal order claiming its phallic supremacy. Through ravaging relationships, we observe the effect of the maternal law acting for castration and the ravage between mother and daughter can be explained as a repetition. The analysis of African myths and tales have the potential to enlighten clinical research, as long as it is considered in all its complexity. The author suggests a new perspective for African clinical psychologists, to integrate cultural material from myths and tales, in their research and therapy.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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