There is this myth of Zeus that his mother Rhea saved him from being swallowed by his own father Kronos. As I look at this story from Dr. Jung’s point of view, I can see that these myths are symbolic representations of what Dr. Jung called archetypes. Would it be that the father wanted one form of archetype to reign over human consciousness? Or was he concern more than just humans’ consciousness? It could be that Kronos like his father too, was concerned in keeping Earth’s consciousness under check. That means that if the children of Kronos like the Children of Uranus will keep multiplying and creating their own spheres of influences that leaves Earth’s consciousness a bigger area of dominance. Does not seem good from a male’s perspective to have his wife or his mother or daughter or sister to have a greater domain than the male counterpart. As such the male, the father, the husband always had the throne but was indeed always afraid of losing this throne not to his son as much as he was afraid of losing this throne to his wife.
This story repeats in every legend and generations after generations. For example, we can see how the dilemma of Olympian gods on choosing Eros over Ananke came about. Ananke was the female counterpart of Eros, but unlike Eros Ananke was real and Eros was fake. Eros was all about splendor and beauty on the cover, and nothing meaningful inside. Ananke was like a belt that wraps around earth, symbolically or not that does not matter, but it is in the body of Ananke that all the spells reside, the tenderness of love, desire, soft whispered words, seduction that even steals the intellect even from the greatest minds. All was found inside Ananke’s body. Yet Olympian gods surrendered to rather fake love than a meaningful love. How come? How is that possible you may ask? We are humans and much lower in intelligence than gods and still we know that a meaningful love is better and worth dying than a fake love. This brings to the spotlight the greatest question of all: Who was Zeus indeed? Was he really Rhea’s son?
Some interesting facts are discovered indeed. It is believed that Dionysus was sacrificed as a child, and he never actually made it to adult life, or if he indeed made it, he was never the same. At the place where Dionysus’ sacrifice supposedly took place is the same place where Rhea gave birth to Zeus. Somewhere in one of the old books a story written tells us that it seemed more like a sacrificing ritual than a place of birth. Many concluded that it may have been Dionysus’ ceremony that took place. Some others say that lots of signs on the ground indicate more a battle with thunders that must have taken place than to say birth of a child-god or a normal ritual of killing an innocent defenseless boy. It makes you think, who was Zeus? The Zeus that showed up years later to kill his own father Kronos, was he the same Zeus Rhea gave birth to? Dionysus that showed up as an adult, the god of wine and sex, was he the same Dionysus as the child that was sacrificed? Eros that declared his power over Olympian gods as the counterpart of Ananke, was he the right god or primordial god? Indeed they are all questionable and they all have some common characteristics which were never seen in their ancestors. They were obsessed with meaningless sex and fakeness. In the stories about Kronos, and Uranus we learn lots of their characteristics but we never heard one story of them betraying their wives. They were indeed quite faithful to their family and spouse. The only concern of them was to not allow anymore splitting among their children of spheres of influence and not allowing female dominance. And that was their biggest mistake which was used against them at some point. Their weakness of having male dominance rather than female dominance was used by some alien god Eros, which fooled them into liking meaningless seductions and unfaithful sex relationships. What seemed like fun at the beginning turned into series of tragedies later, since the core of family was destroyed, and each partner was looking for satisfactions outside their families. Stereotyping, judging, and plasticity became the only normal way of living life under Eros’ seduction. And what happens next? Zeus goes on and carries away the same characteristics of Eros, and as we all know Zeus is known as the greatest womanizer of all times. Then what? Then we have Dionysus, Zeus son. Same pattern repeats, women go crazy for Dionysus, and he is all a symbol of sex without limits and wine. But was he the real Dionysus, or was he the fake one? Other stories tell us completely different face of Dionysus who was never involved in such careless sex, at least not after he met his wife Ariadne. So are those who roamed above other Olympian gods the real gods or are they some alien gods? Indeed the legend has that the spouse of Ananke was not Eros, and so Eros had no right to sit on that throne. Ananke’s spouse sitting on the throne with her was Time-Without-Age.
As I was reading The Lost Book of Enki I found the same parallelism in his stories too. For some reasons Ninmah, King’s daughter was in love with her younger half-brother Enlil, and story has it that they were indeed very happy with one another, but all of a sudden Enlil starts acting strange and as he raped one of the nurses at the station and made her pregnant, Ninmah forgave him but never forgot such humiliation. As such she ordered him to marry the nurse called Sud, which he raped and impregnated. This act was quite out of his character from my point of view, and as I continued reading I read even more unbelievable stories of unacceptable behaviors where characters are acting out of their character. For example, Ninmah’s other brother Enki offers her his affection. It seems like he always had a weak point for her but respected her choice to love the younger brother. Then as they were enjoying each other’s company and even causing adultery, as Enki was in fact married and had a son with his wife, he all of a sudden goes crazy and asks Ninmah to give him a son. Not once but three times he made her pregnant and all the times they only had girls. He became so obsessed with the idea of having a son from her that reached the point that Ninmah poisoned Enki or threatened to poison him and ordered him to stay away from her vulva. Strange story indeed, because from what you read about Enki, he was never violent before or after, or obsessed to such point. He never lost his logic even when others were crazy arguing about any kind of situation. So what prompted such strange behaviors in both brothers and that involved sex? And such stories go on and on and on.
So, we now reach the point that so much anguish is accumulated into collective unconsciousness and on those archetypes that these stories must slowly but carefully be played out to release the stress and grudges accumulate for generations after generations. HOWEVER, in these playout of dramas, which humans are the perfect puppets, things sometimes go out of hand and instead of resolving the problem, they add more problems into the collective consciousness. Other times, drama is not allowed to be played naturally as it was first intended, but instead some cults and rituals take place in order to fast-forward dramas. It may have started with all good intentions at first, but something sounds fishy. Some real murders occurred in the name of rituals and cults, and in the name of common good. However, for these rituals to be effective and wipe out the old grudges, the victim must be convinced that he or she is doing the right thing and by dying would gain immortality. And so we have a series of killing of the most prominent figures, baby Zeus, Dionysus as a little child, Athena while paying with Pallas. So who could be so interested in killing the real heirs of the throne?