Now, in this controversial, impeccably researched biography, Richard Noll reveals Jung as an all-too-human genius who, believing he was a spiritual prophet, founded a neopagan religious movement that offered mysteries for a new age.
The Aryan Christ is the previously untold story of the 1st 60 years of his life--a story that follows him from his 1875 birth into a family troubled with madness & religious obsession, thru his career as a famous psychiatrist & relationship & break with Freud, & on to his years as an early commentator on the 3rd Reich in the 30s.
Noll traces the influence on his ideas of the occultism, mysticism & racism of 19th-century German culture, demonstrating how his idealization of primitive man has at its roots the Volkish movement of his own day, which championed a vision of an idyllic pre-Christian, Aryan past.
Noll marshals evidence to create the 1st full account of his private & public lives--his advocacy of polygamy as a spiritual path & his affairs with female disciples; his neopaganism & polytheism; his anti-Semitism; & his use of self-induced trance states & the pivotal visionary experience in which he saw himself reborn as a lion-headed god from an ancient cult.
As Noll writes, "Jung is more interesting...because of his humanity, not his semidivinity." In giving a fuller portrait of this 20th-century icon, The Aryan Christ is a book with wide implications.