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[[#14]] The Rhinedaughters' exuberant swimming in celebration of the Rhinegold

(#14 based on #2, basis of #38 and #175)

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[[#15]] The Rhinedaughters' cry: "Rhinegold! Rhinegold!"

The Rhinedaughters’ joyous greeting of the waking Rhinegold, expressing their aesthetic pleasure in the world

(#15 based on #5a; basis of #45a, and #161a)

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[[#16]] The Rhinedaughters' song, dance, and verse in praise of the Rhinegold

The Rhinedaughters as muses of the arts, representing instinct, musical feeling, as the basis for aesthetic intuition

(#16’s motival links, if any, not yet ascertained)

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[[#17ab]] “World Inheritance” (The power of the human mind)

By forging a Ring from the Rhinegold, one would gain limitless power. This is a symbol for the power of the human mind, which grants man power over his world unknown to any other animals.

(#17ab grows naturally out of some of the Rhinedaughters' joyous singing in praise of the Rhinegold; basis of #19 and therefore also of #20a; #19ab in turn basis of #46, #50, #51, #68, and #159)

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[[#18ab]] “Renunciation [and Need] of Love”

If we lose our innocence, our love, upon acquiring fully human consciousness, our greatest need is to restore what has been lost.

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