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Slap, J.W. (1967). American Imago. XXIII, 1966: Oral Aggression in Spider Legends. Ralph B. Little. Pp. 169-179.. Psychoanal Q., 36:472-473.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXIII, 1966: Oral Aggression in Spider Legends. Ralph B. Little. Pp. 169-179.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:472-473

American Imago. XXIII, 1966: Oral Aggression in Spider Legends. Ralph B. Little. Pp. 169-179.

Joseph William Slap

The author reviews the symbolic meanings of the spider culled from mythology and folklore. In addition to symbolizing the oral aggressive mother, it has such

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meanings as creator of the world, a maternal protector of the son against the hostile father, and a dangerous phallus inside the mother. There is reference to Bristowe who believes that Little Miss Muffet was the daughter (Patience) of a sixteenth century physician, Thomas Muffet, who admired spiders and frequently used them in pills and ointments for his child's ailments.

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Slap, J.W. (1967). American Imago. XXIII, 1966. Psychoanal. Q., 36:472-473

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