Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

This attitude contrasts strangely with the still commoner and more striking idealization of the past, which is praised not merely as the “good old days” but as the Golden Age-and not just by uneducated and superstitious people, but by all those legions of theosophical enthusiasts who resolutely believe in the former existence and lofty civilization of Atlantis.

Anyone who belongs to a sphere of culture that seeks the perfect state somewhere in the past must feel very queerly indeed when confronted by the figure of the trickster.

He is a forerunner of the saviour, and, like him, God, man, and animal at once.

He is both subhuman and superhuman, a bestial and divine being, whose chief and most alarming characteristic is his unconsciousness.

Because of it he is deserted by his (evidently human) companions, which seems to indicate that he has fallen below their level of consciousness.

He is so unconscious of himself that his body is not a unity, and his two hands fight each other.

He takes his anus off and entrusts it with a special task. Even his sex is optional despite its phallic qualities: he can turn himself into a woman and bear children.

From his penis he makes all kinds of useful plants.

This is a reference to his original nature as a Creator, for the world is made from the body of a god. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 471-572