Trauma through the Mythological Lens
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When viewed through a mythological lens, trauma is perceived as a descent of the soul, a dropping or falling down. It is sometimes experienced as a sudden violent attack in which one is pulled down or an agonizing loss of soul too overwhelming for consciousness to contain. Often, it is experienced as a descent to the deepest, darkest region of one’s being where one is forced to reevaluate one’s core assumptions about life and death. The interwovenness of life and death can be seen in the state of living death, in a form of soul loss within a living body. Having been sexually exploited, traumatized women feel they have entered the realm of Kali, an upside-down world with strangely perverted values, where all illusions and naive assumptions about the world are shattered. However, there seems to be a deeper level at which Kali resonates with the suffering of trauma victims and their hope of surviving.