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Folklore of newborns or young children seeing deceased family members, the dead can only communicate with them. Memories of the infant period are gradually forgotten as the child grows up.
The memories of a particular period are not lost but kept in deep areas of the mind, like a locked room where the memories are locked in there.
Throughout infancy, new neurons are born in the hippocampus involved in memory and forgetting, clearing out older memories to make room for new ones.
Inspired by Chinese mythology, souls of the dead are fed a potion by the goddess Meng Po, erasing memories of prior incarnations. Skepticism of the potion‘s lasting effect results in the loss of memories of infancy.
During infancy, the child lacks concepts and notions, resulting in no long-term memory for the brain to connect. Scattered puzzle pieces represent fragmented memories that the brain can not piece together.
The human way of thinking becomes the retrieval method of memory as the child learns, things understood by the infant mind are overwritten.
Forgetting is the body’s way of protecting the child from trauma. A white knight symbols protection while white poppy symbols forgetting.
Memories define who we are and build a unique personal identity. We remember distinctive personal experiences that shape us and forget when we still lack the notion of self.
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Although memories are forgotten, they still constitute a part of us as days of carelessness and great fun.