Carl Jung noted that the anima “can appear as a … bird” .
In the image above, we see the Sirin and Alkonost, birds of joy and sorrow. They have the body of a bird and head of a woman. The Sirin and Alkonost emerged in Russian mythology, as “bird-maidens of paradise who would come down to earth to bring their sweet song to man”  The sirin in pictured in white and the alkonost in black. “The sirin usually wore a crown,… she was identified as the heavenlybird of happiness” . Her counterpart is the alkonost, bird of sorrow.
- The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1)
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