Image 63

(book footnote for image 63 & 64) In “Dreams”, Jung noted on February 4, 1917: “Started work on the Opening of the Egg (image)”. This indicates that the image depicts the regeneration of Izdubar form the egg. Concerning the solar barge in this image, cf. image 55. Image legend: catapatha-brahmanam 2,2,4″ Sarapatha-brahmana 2,2,4 (Sacred Books of the East) provides the cosmological justification behind the Agnibotra. It commences by describing how Prajapati, desiring to be reproduced, produced Agni from his mouth. Prajapati offered himself to Agni, and saved himself from Death as he was about to be devoured. The Agnihotra (lit. fire healing) is a Vedic ritual performed at sunrise and sunset. The performers purify themselves, light a sacred fire, and chant verses and a prayer to Agni.

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