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Dune: Breakthrough as Breakdown of the One

by Norland Tellez

The release of Denis Villeneuve’s remake of Frank Herbert’s influential sci-fi novel Dune has its entire fandom reflecting back on what made the novels great, thus bringing to mind the mythic dimension of the...

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On the 24th, Sikhism solemnly observes the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, ninth of Ten Gurus since the founder himself.

On The Day of the Covenant, November 25, Bahá’ís recall the appointment of ‘Abdu‘l-Bahá, son of Bahá’u’lláh, as the true spiritual designee, or Centre of the Covenant. Two days later, on the 27th, his ascension is observed at 1:00 am.

This year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated throughout the United States on November 25. Despite the commercialism (In 1939, Roosevelt moved the date up by a week to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.)  and the questionable narrative of amity between colonists and Native Americans, the observance remains touching, sincere, and aspirational for countless American families.

In the Western Church, the countdown to Christmas begins November 28, the first Sunday of Advent. Seasonal music often becomes more austere, reflective, and quiet. In a sense, it is a festival of light, signified by the use of a four-candle sconce, each lit individually from first to fourth Sunday culminating in the Nativity.

This year, the 28th is also the first day of Hanukkah. Jews will be lighting the Menorah in commemoration of the Maccabean victory against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd Century BCE. This Hebrew tradition, like the Advent ceremonial above, also dictates the lighting of the candles in precise sequence.

In November, we have seen the world turn to the symbol of light, from candles for the dead on All Souls, Diwali’s “row of lamps,” the lighting of the Christian Advent wreath and of the Menorah among the Jews.

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Our gift to you this month is eSingle titled Theology, Love, Troubadours, and Minnesingers (Esingle from Romance of the Grail). Access this download for free until the end of the month.

The twelfth-century in Europe was a time of change, growth, and conflict. The Western individualistic tradition of romance and heroism challenged the norms of medieval society, as poets and singers attempted to find a middle path between love (amor) and orthodoxy (Roma).

This short ebook is a chapter from. Romance of the Grail: Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Legend.

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Joseph Campbell Book Club

“The Mwindo Epic from the Banayanga is a classic Nyanga tale about a confident young hero named Mwindo and his search for the father who wronged him. As we follow Mwindo on his journey from the depths of the Underworld to the zeniths of Space, we see that this is more than a hero’s genesis story; it’s a tale that examines the very meaning of heroism. Traditionally told orally, and in this iteration led by our narrator, Rureke, The Mwindo Epic, uses song, voice, dance, and the narrator’s personality to make this a myth that feels alive and dynamic every step of the way.

“A classic of African literature, The Mwindo Epic from the Banayanga is a poetic tale of adventure, heroism, humility, and the rich culture of the Nyanga people.”

Torri Yates-Orr
Editorial Advisor Group
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

Star Wars deals with the essential problem: Is the machine going to control humanity, or is the machine going to serve humanity? Darth Vader is a man taken over by a machine, he becomes a machine, and the state itself is a machine. There is no humanity in the state. What runs the world is economics and politics, and they have nothing to do with the spiritual life.


-- Joseph Campbell
From “PW Interviews Joseph Campbell, by Chris Goodrich” Publisher's Weekly (August 23, 1985, p.74 - 75)