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654.  471.  Now, in the more conscious sphere, they are faced with the other side of incest; they face symbolic union with a god.  When they asked this question they were in a state of depression or nigredo.  Only by receiving this light can she be freed from the negative animus of her father, the king.  116.  289.  At the same time, he is filled with creative potential.  In this way the snake symbolizes the principium individuonis, which is the energy intent on serving the growth of consciousness.

The Wawilaks as anima figures are the force that link the two worlds.  Through the act of swallowing the Wawilaks and their sons he integrates the feminine and masculine aspects of his psyche into a totality.  No longer will they remain autonomous and hungry for the comfort of the parents, particularly the all­nourishing Great Mother.  139n.  25.  268.  For the remainder of the myth they continue to represent merely Yurlunggur's potential masculine maturity.  171.  4.  257.  It is through them that Yurlunggur is freed from his prison of unconsciousness and stagnation, just as it is through him that they acknowledge the mysteries of the nonmaterial realm.

So they hunted out Lu'ningu, spearing him until he died.  242.  35–36.  They are symbolically brought into union.  However elsewhere in Berndt's account the identity of the snake represented by the smaller pole is not always clear.  However there are further complications.

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