Available now as an ebook on JCF.org!Dance 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.
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)
HELLENIC, Faith – Bendideia (5/12)
HELLENIC, Faith – Kallynteria, Festival Day of Sweeping (5/18)
- Plynteria, Festival Day of Washing (5/19)
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!”
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.