Symbols are specific acts or figures, while myths develop and elaborate these symbols into a story which contains characters and several episodes. The myth is thus more inclusive. But both symbol and myth have the same function psychologically; they are man’s way of expressing the quintessence of his experience – his way of seeing his life, his self-image and his relations to the world of his fellow men and of nature – in a total figure which at the same moment carries the vital meaning of this experience.

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Symbols are specific acts or figures, while myths develop and elaborate these symbols into a story which contains characters and several episodes. The myth is thus more inclusive. But both symbol and myth have the same function psychologically; they are man’s way of expressing the quintessence of his experience – his way of seeing his life, his self-image and his relations to the world of his fellow men and of nature – in a total figure which at the same moment carries the vital meaning of this experience.

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– Rollo May