Pe Mythology

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The following is a description of the mythology of Pe.

Pe Mythical Elements

Humor: Sanguine

Historically, the moral character of the Pe type was best encapsulated by Humorism as the Sanguine temperament. Such a temperament was classified as enthusiastic, optimistic, playful, jovial but also imprudent, impulsive and indulgent. And while this does not capture the essence of Pe’s metabolism, it certainly describes the emotional states evoked by it when it is felt in excess. This temperament was thought to originate from having healthy and thick “blood” which, if we exercise some imagination to account for the medical ignorance of the age, represented youthfulness, vibrancy, vitality, animation and a ruddiness of the skin and cheeks. The sanguine temperament was affiliated with springtime, fertility and rebirth which corresponds properly with Pe’s generative ability. As a character it was often depicted as a man playing a flute or instrument, and at other times as a dancer or lover wooing a woman. In terms of chronological age, it was affiliated with Infancy which corresponds to this functions’ archetype of the Eternal Child.

Archetype: Puer/Puella

In mythology, the explorer function is symbolically represented as the Puer/Puella archetype; a wayfaring eternal god-child that carries no shackles or responsibilities to life. The Puer roams the world freely, always on the move and on the lookout for new subjects to dally with. Because of this nomadic nature, making contact with this god is always a chance encounter, and can signal good fortune or the beginning of chaos. One example of the Puer can be seen in the story of Peter Pan, whose arrival foreshadows great adventures filled with magic and wonder. Another example of the Puer can be found in Pan, a half-goat Greek god of fertility and sex who roams the fields while playing music on his pipe and who incites crowds into mirth and dance. Pan is a depiction of the Trickster, who also appears as a crafty and mischievous fox/coyote who plays tricks on others simply for his own amusement. Unlike other gods who boast temples of worship and carry great power, the Puer is a different kind of deity which is easily underestimated. While not being physically strong, he relies on cleverness to upend things and get his own way. The Puer represents the necessary chaos that the world needs to function, and exists as an eternal challenge to the King’s order.