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UFO: A Living Myth of Transformation

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...

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This month’s theme is Metamorphosis. Enjoy our Weekly Offerings...

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I.2.2.8 - Instinct in the Animal World - an excerpt from this lecture.

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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.

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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

Weekly Quotation

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.


-- Joseph Campbell