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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55630
Doc. No:TL25584
Call number:‭3250885‬
Main Entry:Kristin Marie Williams
Title & Author:Metaphors of flight: Feathered images in ancient Egypt and aerodynamic musings of a pilotKristin Marie Williams
College:Pacifica Graduate Institute
Date:2006
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2006
Page No:261
Abstract:People have been watching birds fly for thousands of years. The apparent magic of their ability has captured and stimulated the imagination of countless cultures. The bird's agility and maneuverability has also inspired the creative ingenuity of aerodynamic engineers. This study is a search for the metaphor of flight in image, idea, myth, and experience using an analogical method of inquiry developed by David Miller. The study explores the archetypal character of flight from two perspectives. The first examines winged figures in ancient Egyptian art starting with the ordinary birds of everyday life, their behavior, and their unique habitat. These commonplace birds provide inspiration for the extraordinary images of the divine. The ancient images of the hawk and the vulture are investigated with particular attention given to the creation images of Atum and the Ennead of Heliopolis, looking also at Thoth, hieroglyphic writing, the ba, Maat, Isis, and Nut. The second perspective looks at a contemporary image of flight that involves the actual experience of flying a plane which is explored via memoir, aviation stories, and the aerodynamic musings of a professional pilot. Our ideas about flight are different now that we are flying, and an examination of the metaphors of this recent image in connection with the ancient images can help to expand our understanding of the nature of flight as well as help to reconnect the modern experience of the technology of aviation with its mythic past. The metaphor of the migratory bird, with its motif of the journey, allows the ancient and modern images to speak to one another across time through an exploration of several of the Books of the Netherworld written on the walls of the tomb of Ramesses VI in the Valley of the Kings.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Psychology; Archetypal psychology; Egypt; Metaphors; Religion; Psychotherapy; 0622:Psychotherapy; 0318:Religion
Added Entry:C. Downing
Added Entry:Pacifica Graduate Institute