The Asheville Jung Center – Offering a Free Red Book Series Transcript or Audio File


We would like to extend you the offer of a free Red Book series transcript or audio file with the purchase of our next Red Book feature titled, “Cross Cultural Symbolism in C.G. Jung’s Red Book.”  The audio files and transcripts available to choose from for this special offer include our extremely popular Red Book Part I, Red Book Part II, and Red Book Part III – Images. After purchase please email us with your selection.

Cross-Cultural Symbolism in C.G. Jung’s Red Book: An Anthropological Exploration

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What Did Jung Incarnate through His Red Book?

Dr. Curtis Hoffman, renowned anthropologist,dives into this question as he explores thevarious forces underlying Carl Jung’s Red Book. Dr. Hoffman brings his scholarly expertise as an anthropologist to thoroughly examine cross-cultural elements In this incredible text. Don’t miss this Webinar on Thursday evening, February 28! Reserve your seat, sign on live (or recorded), and speak directly with the Dr. Hoffman during this 2 hour Webinar.
Jung’s lifelong interest in the myths of cultures around the world was broad; he provided introductions to accounts as disparate as Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the I Ching, the Chinese book of oracles, and Gustav Neihardt’s translation of the autobiographical account of a Lakota elder, Black Elk Speaks. He also had a passion for Medieval manuscripts, especially illustrated alchemical texts. In this webinar, we will explore the cross-cultural symbolism embedded within the text and artwork recently published in the Red Book, and speculate upon the dynamic interaction between what Jung was drawing from the Collective Unconscious through his dreaming and painting, and the large body of world mythological and religious symbolism which he was exploring during his waking life.

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A Global Webinar
Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2013 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Eastern US Time Zone)
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Dr. Curtiss Hoffman is a professor in the Anthropology Department at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where he has taught since 1978. While he is primarily an archaeologist, he also has a strong interest in myth, religion, and psychological anthropology, and has developed and taught courses in Myth and Culture, Symbol and Society in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Anthropology of Religion, Myths and Peoples of the Ancient Near East, and Culture and Consciousness. He has been a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams since 1997; serves on its Board of Trustees; and has frequently presented papers on a variety of subjects, including the present one, at the annual I.A.S.D. conferences. Most recently he has undertaken the composition of a cantata based upon the “Incantations” section of the Red Book in the original language of the Gilgamesh Epic, Babylonian Akkadian, all of the thematic material for which derives from Dr. Hoffman’s dreams.

$17.99 per person for Live viewing
$15.99 per person – Recorded viewing
$38.99 per person for Seminar and 2.0 hours of Professional Continuing Education Credit [includes seminar viewing & re-viewing, 15 question exam & 2.0 CE Credits]

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Outline of Seminar: 
. A brief introduction to Jung’s approach to the Collective Unconscious, both in terms of his theoretical writing and his personal experiences
II. A comparison between the Red Book and theMedieval El Llibre Vermell, both text and illustrations.III. An exploration of additional cross-cultural symbolism in the Red Book:
A. The incipit page
B. The first dream


C. The death of Siegfried . 
. Elijah and Salome .
E. Images of the domed temple


F. The “Izdubar” sequence


G. Atmavictu . 
. Mandalas . 
. The Golden Flower and the end of Jung’s work on the Red Book 
. Conclusion: Where did the images come from?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the cross-cultural influences which Jung utilized in his production of the Red Book images.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the interplay between the Collective Unconscious and waking life imagery in Jung’s life, as well as their own.
  3. Participants will able to discuss anthropological research to depth psychology.