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The Child of Symbolic Disguise

by Norland Tellez

Although Joseph Campbell is often pegged as a partisan of Carl Jung, he begins The Hero With a Thousand Faces with a fundamental piece of psychoanalytic wisdom. Leaning on Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, Campbell...

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Mark the 15th of Shevat (January 17) on your calendar! It’s Tu B’Shevat, sometimes known as “New Year’s Day for trees,” when Jews celebrate the earth, its seven fruits (dates, olives, pomegranates, figs, grapes, wheat, and barley) and especially the trees now emerging from winter dormancy.

January 17 is World Religion Day, established by the Baha’i National Assembly in 1950 as an answer to religious sectarianism.

In a similar spirit, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins the next day, January 18.

America pauses for a federal holiday—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18.

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“The folk tale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.” — Joseph Campbell

Originally written as the foreword to The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (released in 1944), this fascinating essay explores the basis and the structure and types of fairytale collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early nineteenth century. In this early work, he lays out the distinction between a myth, a tale, and a fable, setting up a framework that he would elaborate on throughout his career.

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Joseph Campbell Book Club

Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber breathed steamy new life into traditional fairy tales. Here, you’ll find no mere nursery stories. This now-classic collection delves past the surface of familiar plots, fleshing out their latent horrors as well as their beauties. Myth, folklore, and Gothic fiction all intertwine in the weave of Carter’s sumptuous language and her unflinching gaze. Frightening, animalian, macabre, and baroque, The Bloody Chamber will change the way you read fairy tales forever.

Joanna Gardner, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group,
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

When you just now rang my doorbell, I was right in the middle of a sentence about an American Indian initiation: an initiation myth having to do with two boys––twin heroes––born of a virgin. Their father is the Sun. Monsters are troubling the land, and the boys––one a warrior and the other a medicine man––journey to their father the Sun to get weapons. The father puts them through a series of four terrible tests, and when they survive these tests, he initiates them, tells them what their true names are. That’s it––the awakening to the inward self, to the knowledge of who you truly are.

-- Joseph Campbell
From “On Waking Up: An Interview with Joseph Campbell” PARABOLOA