by Bradley Olson
In The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and Religion, Joseph Campbell writes that the mythic metaphor, the mythic image, “is necessarily physical and thus apparently of outer space. The inherent connotation...
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On March 1, some are fasting, others feasting. For the next nineteen days, Bahá’ís will neither eat nor drink between sunrise and sunset in preparation for Nowruz (the New Year).
The Welsh are feasting in honor of David, patron saint of Wales. Schoolchildren may participate in school concerts (eisteddfodau) dressed as their ancestors from centuries ago, enjoy Welsh Rarebit at home, or take in a local parade, the largest of which is in Cardiff. Disneyland Paris features trademark proprietary characters dressed in archaic Welsh apparel.
II.1.10.5 - Rise of Dynasties - an excerpt from this lecture.
The Power of Myth
Campbell in Culture
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“When the symbol is functioning for engagement, the cognitive faculties are held fascinated by and bound to the symbol itself, and are thus simultaneously informed by and protected from the unknown. But when the symbol is functioning for disengagement, transport, and metamorphosis, it becomes a catapult to be left behind.” — Joseph Campbell
Campbell’s famous, mind-expanding essay explores the fundamental connection between myth, symbol, and human culture. In it, he looks at the origins of western culture’s myths and symbols, and asks whether these are still relevant in the modern era. This piece, along with classics such as “Mythogenesis,” “Bios and Mythos” and Campbell’s foreword to Grimms’ Fairy Tales, was published as part of the collection The Flight of the Wild Gander (re-issued by New World Library in 2002). This digital edition has been published by Joseph Campbell Foundation.
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Joseph Campbell Book Club
“The Trickster’s divine disruptions turn the status quo inside out. In Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World, we’ll meet this multifaceted archetype’s many hungers, deceptions, and creations…”
– Joanna Gardner, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group,
Joseph Campbell Foundation
In the hunting cultures, when a sacrifice is made, it is, as it were, a gift or bribe to the deity that is being invited to do something for us or to give us something. But when a figure is sacrificed in the planting cultures, the figure itself is the god. The person who dies is buried and becomes the food.