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The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil (Works by Heinrich Zimmer) Paperback – 21 Nov 1971

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2Rev Ed edition (21 Nov. 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069101776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691017761
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This handsome volume of essays . . . is the yield of what can be called an Indologist's holiday. . . . Expertly edited by Joseph Campbell, these essays rest upon Zimmer's belief--a belief which he shares with Jung and others--that the spiritual heritage of archaic man still survives in "the deeper unconscious layers of our soul.' -- Saturday Review of Literature


This handsome volume of essays . . . is the yield of what can be called an Indologist's holiday. . . . Expertly edited by Joseph Campbell, these essays rest upon Zimmer's belief--a belief which he shares with Jung and others--that the spiritual heritage of archaic man still survives in "the deeper unconscious layers of our soul.' -- "Saturday Review of Literature

"This handsome volume of essays . . . is the yield of what can be called an Indologist's holiday. . . . Expertly edited by Joseph Campbell, these essays rest upon Zimmer's belief--a belief which he shares with Jung and others--that the spiritual heritage of archaic man still survives in "the deeper unconscious layers of our soul.'"--"Saturday Review of Literature"

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In the retelling of these tales, Zimmer discloses the meanings within their seemingly unrelated symbols and suggests the philosophical wholeness of this assortment of myth.

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This work is full of surprises. It's a wonderful, eclectic collection, brilliantly conceived, full of marvel. The story of the King and The Corpse is glorious.A real story teller's tale, bully for you if you can retell all the riddles, they take some ravelling. Layers of meaning give this story immense profundity, one wonders for whom it was written? Working both as a children's story and at once as a very grown-up piece, it's full of dark avenues and lit corridors.
Another story in the book, Abdul Kassem and his slippers makes for a salutory read, maybe every politico-business tycoon needs to look hard into what this little admonitory tale has to reveal.
I'm astonished there are no reviews on this book, or that it better known. Certainly, for me, it has been one of the funniest, strangest most poignant things I have come across in a long while.
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HASH(0xa3312bc4) out of 5 stars the tales that teach 15 May 2002
By ex nihilo - Published on Amazon.com
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I just love this book. The story from which the book takes its title profoundly affected me the first time I read it: it is the story of an Indian king who has to take part in a quest.This turns out to be an unexpected and thoroughly comprehensive lesson in life and the king emerges from it as a new and wiser person. You will also feel different after reading it. All the stories related in this book are incredibly old but can still connect with the deepest part of our souls. A book to reread.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ec1204) out of 5 stars Shimmering Zimmer 23 Nov. 1999
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In the tradition of Johann Jacob Bachhofen and in league with those such as Joseph Campbell, Heinrich Zimmer"s "The King and The Corpse" gets about as good as you will find with respect to comparative mythology. I highly recommend any Jung readers to visit Zimmer's brilliant pages. I also find the melding of Western and Eastern myth systems to be superb. Here is an adventurous path to follow.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa390ed20) out of 5 stars Shimmering Zimmer 23 Nov. 1999
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Format: Paperback
In the tradition of Johann Jacob Bachhofen and in league with those such as Joseph Campbell, Heinrich Zimmer"s "The King and The Corpse" gets about as good as you will find with respect to comparative mythology. I highly recommend any Jung readers to visit Zimmer's brilliant pages. I also find the melding of Western and Eastern myth systems to be superb. Here is an adventurous path to follow.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa32796d8) out of 5 stars A must have for the chela on any esoteric path! 4 Jan. 1998
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Indologist Heinrich Zimmer provides an easy to comprehend text taking four time-out-of-mind-myths and relating them to the esoteric "grail" path! It makes an excellent study for the seeker/student who would wish to follow Wolfgang Von Eckenback's "I learned my ABC's without the use of black magic".
In this writers opinion very few scholars have been suited to blend eastern thought processess into western concepts. Zimmer adeptly crosses this void as if stepping over a puddle of water, making "The King and The Corpse" highly informative and a joy of the heart to ponder.

If you are a seeker on any esoteric path you will find yourself and your 'map' within it's cover.

Shri Rajeshwari Pujari Maharaja
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HASH(0xa42acf9c) out of 5 stars Excellent Work - Classic Zimmer 13 Jan. 2009
By Edward J. Barton - Published on Amazon.com
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Zimmer and Campbell are two of the finest comparative mythologists in print. This book, edited by Campbell from notes and articles written by Zimmer, provides a great overview on the symbology and mythology of tranformation, the soul, and purgation. The book, a series of myths and legends with observations and commentary by Zimmer, covers the landscape of both Eastern (Indian & Arab) as well as Western (Arthurian) myth - and discusses the parallels of each. Well worth the read, and a must have in any collection.
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