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The description of this forum includes a link to over 50 snippets of Campbell lecturing or answering questions, with some as brief as a minute, and others stretching over seven minutes, but most in the two to four minute range. I appreciate having this collection all in one place without having to hunt through YouTube to find them.
What immediately stands out for me on the very first page of this collection are two clips: one on the Navajo legend of “Where the Two Came to Their Father,” and a nearly four minute clip entitled “The Homeric Legends: The Warrior Returns” (on the Odyssey). Taken together they encapsulate the value of myth as a tool for soldiers who have to separate from the ordinary world, go off to war, and return home.
Navajo soldiers headed off to World War II participated in a shaman-led ritual that served as a retelling of the myth of “the Two” (essentially by stepping into a sand painting, identifying with and participating in the myth), and even today some veterans organizations are using the Odyssey as one tool to help returning soldiers suffering from PTSD re-adjust to “the ordinary world.”
Myths aren’t just relegated to scholarly tomes on dusty bookshelves, but have real world relevance today. That, for me, is a compelling illustration of the “power” of myth.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Recommendations for further study?
tie-dyed teller of tales
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