When I was a child, I never liked to draw the blond princesses – my ones had always been dark-headed. Since that time I had somewhere deep in my head an image of a surrealy beautiful woman with unusually long dark curly hair, almond-shaped eyes and a thin wrist. Somehow it was my ideal. And that was not an image a child gets from the images of the Soviet culture!
Nowadays looking at the beauty–queens of Miss Universe contests I see the same type of women being nominated as the ultimate beauty. Surprisingly enough one can seldom find a blond Miss Universe or Miss World – does the global community ignore the Mass Media selling strategies? Or is there some deeper message of the collective unconscious?
When I later discovered the beauty of Indian scriptures, I was astonished to find out the exact description of my female ideal in Shri Lalita Sahasranama, a sacred Hindu text for the worshippers of the Goddess Lalita Devi, i.e. the Divine Mother, in the form of her and the male gods’ feminine power, Shakti.
It was C.G. Jung, a founder of analytical phsycology who first spoke of collective unconscious – a part of a person`s unconscious which is common to all human beings. It containes architypes, which are forms or symbols that are manifested by all people in all cultures.
One of the most important and probably the oldest archytepes is the Mother Goddess. Not only the qualities but also an image of her must be deep-seated in the unconsious of all the races.
And even though we have a great variety of all the beauty-types of women, the image of the Promordial Woman seem to keep us in its gentle hands…