The Story Behind Cancer

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  1. I did not know Tiamat was her killer’s mother. Nor did I know her parts created the universe. Though, the Tiamat in the 1980s Dungeons and Dragons cartoon WAS made up of the five elements.

    I haven’t done much research. But, I recall one episode of the 1980s Ghostbusters cartoon in which Tiamat was a black dragon with five heads, and this orange guy with three eyes was disguised as a detective while hunting her.

    I think Tiamat may be related to Campe from Greek myth. Or, Typhon.

    Ripley is one bad-ass mother in the final minutes of that Aliens film. 🙂

    Hmm, to compare Sylvester Stallone to Patrick Stewart…

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    1. A lot of the old dragons and serpents are representations of the Mother Goddesses – kind of re-imagined by the later Sun God religions and given a bad name.


        1. Maybe that, or maybe just a necessary shift in consciousness from the unconscious to the conscious. Slaying the dragon represents slaying the unconscious and learning to think for yourself. The old goddess religions had to be replaced so we could grow up – you have to leave mum behind sooner or later!


        2. Who comes up with this stuff? How is a dragon “the unconscious mind” and slaying one is suddenly a change in thinking? It’s one thing to say a dragon is a river system…but a dimension of the mind? So, this is similar to Prometheus stealing the gods’ “thunder” and making mortals less religious?

          Leaving old for new isn’t growing up. It’s just the primitive version of the IPhone shift. I heard IPhone 1 spoke to an oracle who said his son would rise up to take him down. So, IPhone 1 cut off his own power supply and swallowed it.


        3. Representing the unconscious or subconscious with a dragon is pretty standard stuff in archetypal psychology and is often how ancient myths are interpreted. The stories are metaphors for the process of evolution in consciousness – how we learn to think and identify ourselves as separate from the environment and our subconscious emotional nature. You have to learn to think, and become ‘rational’, so you can avoid getting carried away by your unconscious emotional impulses – which is what the dragon represents in these stories. It’s absolutely about growing up and becoming an independent individual with your own mind.

          Don’t get the iPhone analogy at all – that’s just reinventing the wheel – i.e. doing the same stuff but in a slightly better way.


        4. You mean there’s a psychology class that relates dragons to the subconscious? I sense a dark Freud joke coming.

          So, Don Quixote was battling the division of his mind, between conscious present thinking and daydreams.

          Then, I guess I have a dragon to tame/slay. I suppose we could say How to Tame Your Dragon is then about those kids growing up.

          Who says an IPhone is better than the wheel?:P

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