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destroys. Of the nine mouths three are in the head, three in the hump, and three in the inner part of the flanks; and each mouth is about the size of a cottage, and it is itself as large as Mount Alvand. Each one of the three feet, when it is placed on the ground, is as much as a flock of a thousand sheep comes under when they repose together; and each pastern is so great in its circuit that a thousand men with a thousand horses may pass inside. As for the two ears, it is Mazendaran that they will encompass. The one horn is as it were of gold and hollow, and a thousand branch horns have grown upon it, some befitting a camel, some befitting a horse, some befitting an ox, some befitting an ass, both great and small. With that horn it will vanquish and dissipate all the vile corruption due to the efforts of noxious creatures. When that ass shall hold its neck in the ocean its ears will terrify, and all the water of the wide-formed ocean will shake with agitation, and the side of Ganavad will tremble. When it utters a cry all the female watercreatures, of the creatures of Ahuramazda, will become pregnant; and all pregnant noxious water-creatures, when they hear that cry, will cast their young. When it stales in the ocean all the earth—it is even on that account when all asses which come into water stale in the water—as it says thus: “If, O three-legged ass! you were not created for the water, all the water in the sea would have perished from the contamination that the poison of the evil spirit has brought into its water, through the death of the creatures of Ahuramazda.”25 The ass stands in the spot in the ocean where, according to the Bundahishn, the tree Gokard often stands, a tree that has a universal healing effect. Both the ass and the tree symbolize, as Jung points out, the vital, procreative, and healing power of the deity. “The power of the deity is revealed not only in the spirit, but also in the wild instinctive urgency of nature both inside and outside human beings.” It is a complexio oppositorum, demon and alexipharmacon, devil symbol and Christ symbol, at the same time. The horn in particular represents directed energy, thrusting power, and also often aggression. But significantly it is the cutoff horn that becomes the receptacle for the water of the Styx, that is, the psychically overcome aggression of the inner god. For this also we find parallel notions in ancient China. In the seventh hexagram of the I Ching, “The Army,” of which we have already spoken, the fifth line says, “There is game in the field. It furthers one to catch

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