Animal Life in Nature, Myth and Dreams

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Animal Life in Nature, Myth and Dreams

In Animal Life in Nature, Myth and Dreams, Elizabeth Caspari connects the world of real, living animals with the symbolic world of animal images in human thought, both conscious and unconscious. She gives the reader an opportunity to make this connection on his or her own personal journey of discovery. This book is a study of animals–their natural history, mythology, folklore, and religious significance around the world as well as their role in our lives, dreams, and everyday language. It examines the symbolic impact animals have on our collective culture, particularly on our own personal and interior lives.

From Albatross to Zebra, each animal is pictured in color and factual context is given about its behavior in the natural world. Information is included about habitat, distribution, weight, size, longevity, and classification.

By drawing on a process of amplification developed by C.G. Jung, in which an image is related to a previous historical, mythological, religious, or ethnological context, Animal Life in Nature, Myth and Dreams discusses the meaning of the animal in a dream, amplifying the reader’s understanding of that animal. Intended for anyone interested in the actual behavior and nature of animals and the world we live in, Animal Life presents a good deal of ethological and mythological material. By contemplating the significance of our fellow creatures, and how everything in our universe is connected, Animal Life offers a more whole, and more healing, view of the world.

Fully illustrated in color.

About the Author

Elizabeth Caspari taught seminars on “Art, Dreams, and Creativity” and produced art works in diverse media. She studied painting at the Art Students League in New York and worked in psychology with Aniela Jaffé, James Hillman, Nathan Schwartz-Salant, and Montague Ullman. She was a member of the faculty of the New School for Social Research and gave workshops in animal mask making at the University of Albuquerque. Her combined interests in art and Jungian psychology led to her work in art therapy. For the last twenty years of her life, her major professional interest was the mythology and natural life of animals. Elizabeth Caspari died in July 2005.

Ken Robbins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He graduated from Cornell University in 1967. He worked as a book editor at Doubleday before becoming a children’s book author and photographer. He wrote and illustrated more than 20 children’s books including Pumpkins, Apples, and Earth. He primarily took photographs of scenery and still lifes. His photographs were reproduced on book jackets, record album covers, and in magazines including the cover of Time. They were also collected in books including The Hamptons Suite. He died on March 9, 2017 at the age of 71.

Additional information

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 7 × 0.8 × 10 in


Ken Robbins




June 2003






Chiron Publications


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