[Orbis Pictus is the earliest book Dr. Jung had a memory of seeing]

Soon after I was six my father began giving me Latin lessons, and I also went to school. I did not mind school; it was easy for me, since I was always ahead of the others and had learned to read before I went there.

However, I remember a time when I could not yet read, but pestered my mother to read aloud to me out of the Orbis Pictus, an old, richly illustrated children’s book, which contained an account of exotic religions, especially that of the Hindus.

There were illustrations of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva which I found an inexhaustible source of interest. My mother later told me that I always returned to these pictures. ~Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections.


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