by Norland Tellez
If we ever wanted to find a contemporary exemplar of living myth par excellence, we would need to look no further than the UFO phenomenon—especially with the recent video leaks and subsequent Pentagon disclosures...
This month’s theme is Metamorphosis. Enjoy our Weekly Offerings...
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The eleventh month of the Bahá’í year begins this week, September 26.
Shmini Atzeret on September 28 concludes Sukkoth for Jews and marks the beginning of winter in the Holy Land. The next day, Simhat Torah (Rejoicing in the Law), the great reading cycle of Hebrew scripture begins anew.
I.2.2.8 - Instinct in the Animal World - an excerpt from this lecture.
Our gift to you this month is audio lecture titled Creative Mythology (Audio: Lecture II.2.5). Access this download for free until the end of the month.
Joseph Campbell was often asked how a new mythology was going to develop. His answer was that it would have to come from poets, artists, and filmmakers. In this talk, Campbell explores what he called creative mythology — the way in which artists can and do give a sense of the transcendent in a universe apparently empty of meaning.
This lecture was recorded at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin in 1969.
Got ideas? Share them with a community of like-minded mythmakers at our discussion forum – the Conversations of a Higher Order.
Joseph Campbell Book Club
“The ancient Greeks called the art of reworking established myths ‘mythopoesis.’ Telling an old story in a new voice and from a fresh perspective makes room for new questions and reveals new meanings. It’s an essential form of myth-making. In Ariadne, Jennifer Saint reimagines the classic Greek story of Theseus and the Minotaur from the perspective of Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra. These two women tell a compelling story about monsters, heroes, and the mysterious god Dionysus, and the role they played in this famous story. Ariadne is a wonderful poesis of Greek mythology and a meditation on sisterhood, heroism, fate, and free will today.”
Catherine Svehla, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group
Joseph Campbell Foundation
In one of those cock-eyed theaters that are in New York, on 42nd and Broadway, I saw advertised Fire Women from Outer Space. That was a mythological idea.
In Tibetan Buddhism these are called docheles—fire women from outer space! And in their spiritual powers they can excite you a little bit. And so I thought, Well, we’re getting back to the old days in a very funny way.
Whenever the human imagination gets going, it has to work in the fields that myths have already covered. And it renders them in new ways, that’s all.