When you just now rang my doorbell, I was right in the middle of a sentence about an American Indian initiation: an initiation myth having to do with two boys––twin heroes––born of a virgin. Their father is the Sun. Monsters are troubling the land, and the boys––one a warrior and the other a medicine man––journey to their father the Sun to get weapons. The father puts them through a series of four terrible tests, and when they survive these tests, he initiates them, tells them what their true names are. That’s it––the awakening to the inward self, to the knowledge of who you truly are.
When you just now rang my doorbell
-- Joseph Campbell
“On Waking Up: An Interview with Joseph Campbell” PARABOLOA
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