[Carl Jung on Atlantis and Reincarnation]

To Baroness Tinti

Dear Baroness, 10 January 1936

Many thanks for your interesting letter. Indeed, many of the peculiarities of the figures in the unconscious could be explained by a long-lasting primeval matriarchy if only we knew for certain that it ever existed, just as the flood myths could be explained by the myth of Atlantis if only we knew that there ever was an Atlantis.

Equally, the contents of the unconscious could be explained by reincarnation if we knew that there is reincarnation.

These hypotheses are at present articles of faith, and science is always in the modest role of a beggar since it has to be content with what it has.

If it didn’t it would be a fraud.

This is the reason why I restrict myself essentially to facts and observations and fight shy of mythological explanations.

The book you very kindly promised me is unfortunately not yet in my hands. All the same I thank you for it.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Letters Volume 1, Pages 208-209.