"There are myths in which the ego – represented by a hero, a young god, or even a prophet – is swallowed up, confounded by riddles, attacked by a dragon, or anchored firmly to the ground. This is one of the negative, dominating aspects of the unconscious; sometimes the evil unconscious is personified in mother, sometimes father, sometimes a figure more equivalent to the ego, namely the evil friend or the devil." "The central and most striking image of Mithraism is the tauroctony – the slaying of the bull. This supreme act of defiance, even hybris, is depicted on subterranean murals in Mithraea from Britain to Rome to Syria. The bull in his power and animal intransigence is the unconscious as enemy. He is the personification, or rather theriomorphization, of all the alien powers that ailed the forward looking man of action."
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