He achieved his black belt in only 4 years and 7 months of training, which is pretty much a record for the standards of those days in Brazil.
His first professional bout was in , in Venezuela. Five more bouts followed, including the impressive Super Challenge Championship win, winning three fights in one night in late For 13 fights, from to , Demian competed as a Middleweight in the UFC, even competing for the belt against fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva in UFC losing the fight in a judges decision after all five rounds of the bout. He also won four submission of the night awards, a record at that time.
In Demian decided to go down in weight class and compete as a welterweight. He quickly made a statement with three consecutive wins in the division. After a small set back with two decision losses in late and early he would go on to accomplish one of his greatest feats in the Octagon. Seven consecutive wins in the UFC making him the all time leader for wins in the octagon amongst all Brazilian fighters.
Through his contact with Lang and later, in , from having psychoanalysis done by Jung, Hesse became very interested in Jungian analysis and interpretation. Demian is replete with both Jungian archetypes and Jungian symbolism. In addition, psychoanalysis helped Hesse identify psychological problems which he had experienced in his youth, including internal tension caused by a conflict between his own carnal instincts and the strict moralism of his parents. Such themes appear throughout Demian as semi-autobiographical reflections upon Hesse's own exploration of Jungian philosophy.
One of the major themes is the existence of opposing forces and the idea that both are necessary. The novel refers to the idea of Gnosticism , particularly the god Abraxas , showing the influence of Carl Jung 's psychology.
According to Hesse, the novel is a story of Jungian individuation, the process of opening up to one's unconsciousness. Women play a vital role in the Jungian interpretation of Demian. At the beginning, Sinclair looks up towards his sisters and mother, and even his house maid. While at school, he sees a beautiful woman whom he calls Beatrice, and towards the end of the novel, when Sinclair is an adolescent man, he discovers Demian's mother, Frau Eva.
These women do not have major roles in the story, but Hesse uses them symbolically as facets of the depths of Sinclair's mind. The Gnostic deity Abraxas is used as a symbol throughout the text, idealizing the interdependence of all that is good and evil in the world.
Demian argues that Jehovah , the Jewish God, is only one face of God; it rules over all that is wholesome, but there is another half of the world, and an infinite god must encompass both sides of this world. The symbol of Abraxas appears as a bird breaking free from an egg or a globe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the album by L'Aura, see Demian album. Dewey Decimal. Demian: A Dual-Language Book. Courier Dover Publications, , p.
The first English translation by N. Peter Collier and Judy Davies ed. Modernism and the European Unconscious. Oxford: Polity Press.