The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden
Ek het járe gelede “The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden” gelees, maar dit glad nie verstaan nie. Ek wonder of die tyd nie nou aangebreek het om dit weer te probeer nie?
“In this book Robert A. Johnson juxtaposes the wounded Fisher King from the Parsifal myth and the Handless Maiden (a tale interpreted by Clarissa Estés in Women Who Run with the Wolves and by Marion Woodman.)
The fisher king wound is in the male, generative, creative part of a man’s being. The wounding of the feeling function is the price we have paid for the cool, precise, rational and scientific world we have won at so high a cost. The wounded person finds live bearable only when engaged in some contact with the unconscious, through activities like poetry, artistry, teaching and healing. They do not heal the dreadful wound, but they make life bearable while one makes his way to the true healing.
The handless maiden’s wound is also in her generative and feeling part, but it results in an inability to do in the world. This may be due to patriarchal culture, but as Marion Woodman points out, a woman’s inner masculine can be as great a tyrant as any man! She loses her hands after her father makes a bargain with the devil for material wealth. Similarly, our materialistic, machine culture is destroying the woman and the man’s inner feminine. To gain a bargain, like material comfort and luxury, at the expense of some inner value is extremely dangerous.
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