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The Great Goddess in ASOIAF, Part VI

Conclusion (a.k.a. tl;dr) GRRM is making a statement on how the suppression and repression of the feminine in the World of Ice and Fire can lead to unintentional consequences for the realm, the individual and ones own psyche. He does … Continue reading

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The Great Goddess in ASOIAF, Part V

Wait! What About the Horde of Hoary Whores? You thought I forgot about the whores, didn’t you? Har! You know nothing! Hoary Hairs As seen in Part I, it seems that many people whose hair has turned or is turning … Continue reading

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The Great Goddess in ASOIAF, Part IV

The Throne of Games This brings us to the most important symbol of the feminine we see in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Given all we’ve learned to date regarding Great Goddess archetype — how it represents … Continue reading

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The Great Goddess in ASOIAF, Part III

Mother of Dragons There are too many examples of the Great Goddess in the world created by GRRM to be catalogued in any one summary. As seen earlier, even mentions of the “whore” archetype are overwhelming without considering the other … Continue reading

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The Great Goddess in ASOIAF, Part II

You’re a Strange Anima The religious and mythological symbolism of the Whore is an ancient one, as it is a key characteristic of the Great Goddess archetype. She is a fundamental means by which our deep unconscious reveals itself to … Continue reading

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The Great Goddess in ASOIAF, Part I

Introduction “What, me, celibate? The whores would go begging from Dorne to Casterly Rock. No, I just want to stand on top of the Wall and piss off the edge of the world.” Thus says the Night’s King — er, … Continue reading

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Jaime’s Ladder: A Case Study of Shamanism in ASOIAF

Dreams, visions, prophecies — the books comprising George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire (ASOIAF) abound in shamanic symbolism. Nearly every single point-of-view (POV) character exhibits some form of mystical experience connecting them with a higher spiritual realm … Continue reading

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Zombies, Werewolves & Ghosts: Body, Soul & Spirit in ASOIAF

A Song of Ice & Fire is creepy. Very creepy. George R.R. Martin is a master horror writer. Part of what makes good horror fiction (or horror non-fiction, I guess) is the ability to tap deep down through to our … Continue reading

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The Symbolic Significance of Ebony & Persimmon in ASOIAF

This is the first essay I wrote for the ASOIAF Forum. I was not then nor am I now convinced of the conclusions or speculation of this significance, but I still believe that both ebony wood and persimmon fruit are … Continue reading

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