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Theme for May 2020: Generation

Our gift to you this month is this a short ebook drawn from The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance: The Expression of Myth in Dance Images (eSingle). Access this download for free until the end of the month.
Week 19 (May 3, 2020)
Offerings for the week of May 3, 2020
MythBlast | The Quest of Creative-Being Itself, contributed by Norland Tellez.
New Release

Available now as an ebook on JCF.org!

The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance

Ecstasy of Being coverDance was one of mythologist Joseph Campbell’s wide-ranging passions. His wife, Jean Erdman, was a leading figure in modern dance who worked with Martha Graham and had Merce Cunningham in her first company. The Ecstasy of Being brings together seven of Campbell’s previously uncollected articles on dance, along with “Mythology and Form in the Performing and Visual Arts,” the treatise that he was working on when he died, published here for the first time.


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Candlelit prayers Buddhist ceremony Thailand. John Shedrick, 2014. Used via Creative Commons.

SECULAR, Pop culture – Star Wars Day, May 4th SHINTO – Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day (5/5) LATIN AMER., Mexico – Cinco de Mayo BUDDHISM – Visakha Puja, Budday Day (5/7)

All we really want to do is dance.

Week 20 (May 10, 2020)
Offerings for the week of May 10, 2020
MythBlast | The Ancient Craft of the Beautiful, contributed by Bradley Olson.

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HELLENIC, Faith – Bendideia (5/12)

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it.

NY Times Honors Jean Erdman from our Campbell in Culture area.
Week 21 (May 17, 2020)
Offerings for the week of May 17, 2020

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  HELLENIC, Faith – Kallynteria, Festival Day of Sweeping (5/18)
  • Plynteria, Festival Day of Washing (5/19)
CHRISTIAN – Ascension of Jesus (5/21) BAHÁ’Í – Declaration of the Báb (5/23)

I had my first rock and roll experience at a performance of the Grateful Dead. Rock music had always seemed a bore to me, but I can tell you, at that concert, I found eight thousand people standing in mild rapture for five hours. The place was just a mansion of dance. And I thought, “Holy God! Everyone has just lost themselves in everybody else here!”

-- Joseph Campbell
Week 22 (May 24, 2020)
Offerings for the week of May 24, 2020

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HELLENIC, Faith – Arrephoria, Celebrating Athena () BAHA’I – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (4/29) JEWISH – Shavuot (5/29-30)

There’s another emotion associated with art, which is not of the beautiful but of the sublime. What we call monsters can be experienced as sublime. They represent powers too vast for the normal forms of life to contain them. An immense expanse of space is sublime. . . you’re climbing, until suddenly you break past a screen and an expanse of horizon opens out, and somehow, with this diminishment of your own ego, your consciousness expands to an experience of the sublime.