What is ARAS?
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family.
The ARAS archive contains about 17,000 photographic images, each cross-indexed, individually mounted, and accompanied by scholarly commentary. The commentary includes a description of the image with a cultural history that serves to place it in its unique historical and geographical setting. Often it also includes an archetypal commentary that brings the image into focus for its modern psychological and symbolic meaning, as well as a bibliography for related reading and a glossary of technical terms.
The ARAS commentaries honor both the universal patterns and specific cultural context associated with each image, something seldom found in other collections.
The ARAS archive is designed for and used by a diverse range of people:
- Students and scholars from around the world in the humanities and other related disciplines, who use the archive as a research tool and educational resource
- Artists and designers, who seek motifs and iconographic forms for paintings, decorations, films, and dramatic productions
- Individuals who trace mythology, dream imagery, and vision in seeking deep common linkages, which transcend nation and ideology
- Analysts and psychotherapists who come from the full range of psychological perspectives and who use the archive to increase their own knowledge of archetypal symbolism.
The Member Institutes of National ARAS:
- C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago
- The Jung Center of New York
- C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
- C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
Other organizations that you may wish to use:
- The CGJung Page
- The Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology
- The Kristine Mann Library
- McKenzie Oaks Films
- The Philemon Foundation
- New York Association for Analytical Psychology
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