Harpies: anima image

The "Peruvian harpy" Coloured etching. ImprintParis (Rue St. Jacques) : Ednauis et Rapilly, c. 1700 and 1799. US public domain via welcome library
The “Peruvian harpy” Coloured etching.
Imprint Paris (Rue St. Jacques) : Ednauis et Rapilly, c. 1700 and 1799. US public domain via welcome library
In the above image we see a harpy with two tails, horns, fangs, winged ears, and long wavy hair. Harpy from the Greek word harpazein (ἁρπάζειν), “to snatch” [1].

The harpy is an imaginary creature. Carl Jung says “in a man’s mind the harpy is a anima picture or symbol” [2]. She is a “particularly lovely woman who devours a man” [ibid]. Jung says that she represents the “dismembering powers” of the anima.
Reference:
  1. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
  2. Visions: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1930-1934 by C.G. Jung, Volume 1 By Carl Gustav Jung, Claire Douglas

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