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Journal Article

The Clown: An Archetypal Self-Journey

Michael Bala
Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche
Vol. 4, No. 1 (Winter 2010), pp. 50-71
Published by: on behalf of C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
DOI: 10.1525/jung.2010.4.1.50
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Page Count: 22
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The Clown: An Archetypal Self-Journey
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The clown is a historical character with transcultural and transpersonal significance. The clown's costume, make-up, and antics can be viewed as expressions from a deep archetypal space. As an archetype, the Clown, as an expression of the Trickster, carries and expresses bipolar energies of silliness/seriousness, play/work, hidden/known, creating/destroying, and order/disorder. Culturally and personally the clown serves many functions. One of his functions is as a carrier of the transcendent function facilitating an Ego-Self axis.

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