by Bradley Olson
For the rest of the year, we at JCF are highlighting the final volume of Joseph Campbell’s remarkable Masks of God series, The Masks of God, Volume 4: Creative Mythology. Many of my friends...
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News & Updates
The Hindu goddess of music and learning is honored on Saraswati Puja [Oct. 12] near the end of the nine-day Navaratri festival. Saraswati is often artistically rendered in yellow robes playing a veena, precursor to the sitar.
Jainism requires nine days of dietary restrictions from the 12th to the 20th during Aymbil Ori.
The agrarian and pastoral roots of Zoroastrianism are evident as Ghambar Ayathrem begins October 12 celebrating the creation of plant life, the seeding of winter crops, and the return of herds from grazing in the pasturelands.
The death of Nichiren Shonin is observed October 13. To the end of his days, this unrelenting missionary held that the Lotus Sutra contained the highest truths available to humankind. He asked to be buried in Minobusan where he had spent the last nine years of his life in exile.
The 15th is designated by Hindu tradition as Dassehra, the victory of good over evil personified by the triumph of the Goddess Durga and Lord Rama over demonic powers.
Creation day, October 21, is set aside as the origin date of a great treatise by Shrimad Rajchandraji on the nature of Jainism.
Campbell in Culture
I.3.4.3 - Illumination of the Buddha - an excerpt from this lecture.
The Adventure of Being Alive
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
Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion.