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Brendan Barker February 28, 2019 Religion 294 Campbell vs Freud vs Jung The myth I chose is the Pueblo myth of the water jug boy. The myth is short and quick, but contains a huge amount of complexity that rivals many longer and more storied myths. The myth is also relatively newer than other myths, with its origin date sometime between the years 1350 to 1680. This is particularly interesting, considering the centuries of human civilization that had prospered in the area of the Pueblo. The myth is also unique, because it is not a creation myth, or an alpha myth. It is a simple myth that is centered around many of the key aspects of life in the Pueblo culture. The myth has several key parts to it that relate back to Pueblo life, with the main four themes being coming of age, masculinity, the life cycle, and water. The first of these themes, coming of age, is a common concept that permeates amongst human cultures, regardless of where or when in human history you examine. The water jug boy, is seemingly conceived from nowhere. However, once the water jug boy is born, he is accepted into the family. The grandfather is especially happy with this development, and spends a great deal of time solidifying his relationship with the boy. The boy, feeling the bond with his unconventional family, wished to participate in their activities, mainly to go rabbit hunting. His family, while worried he was going to be hurt, let him go anyways. This would lead to the boy breaking out of his jar when he crashed into a rock. The final part of his coming of age would happen however, when he wished to seek out his father. It is quite ambiguous on who his father is at the end of the story, but it is possible his father is not actually a person, but who he could hope to be. Once he met his father, he was taken into the spring, where it is assumed to be his rightful place. Each phase of the boy's life he gradually moved into a new, better phase where he kept growing until he reached the place where he was meant to be.
The second theme is masculinity, and this can be interpreted many different ways. Similar to coming of age, you can look at each major part of the boy's life where he moved onto a new phase, and see a key moment where he grew as a man. As the water jug, he was docile and

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