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Archetype: Rain

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Taylor Goodwin

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Transcript of Archetype: Rain

Rain: Positive vs. Negative
Hildegard of Bingen
Examples Throughout History
Tlaloc
Examples Throughout History
Taylor Goodwin
Archetype: Rain
What does rain symbolize?
regeneration
fertility
creation
cleansing
renewal
sorrow
tears
new life
celestial influences on Earth
washing away guilt
origin of life
life giving
seriousness
surviving
anger
purification
Whether the rain resembles something positive or negative usually depends on the severity of the rainfall.
positive
Rainfall Spectrum
life
death
negative
lightly sprinkling
crops are flourishing
characters and narration are positive
heavy downpour
flooding
characters and narration are negative
(German female writer, 1090-1179)
said rain resembles the necessary energy of the soul
compared tears to rainfall
wrote that rain irrigates and fertilizes the soul, washing sin away
(Aztec rain god)
rain that made the earth flourish was represented as a stream of semen from Tlaloc to nature
Examples Throughout History
Psalm 72
(Holy Bible)
the righteous and peaceful king "shall come down like rain upon the grass: as showers that water the earth"
Examples Throughout History
Ancient China
ancient Chinese believed that the only correct union between Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) would yield rain
Works Cited
Gibson, Claire.
Signs & Symbols: An Illustrated
Guide to Their Meaning and Origins.
New York.
Barnes & Noble, 1996. Print
Eisenbraun, Chris. "The Online Symbolism Dictionary,
Definition: RAIN."
The Online Symbolism Dictionary,
Definition: RAIN.
N.p., 4 July 2000. Web. 24 Sept. 2014
"Symbolism in Literature."
Scribd.
Dr. L, 10 Oct.
2008. Web. 24 Sept. 2014
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