The Masks of God

Masks of God series

The Masks of God (Series)

This four-volume magnum opus was Campbell’s most comprehensive attempt to lay out his theories of the history of myth and religion.

Published between 1959 and 1968, Campbell’s The Masks of God covers mythology from around the world, from ancient to modern. Where The Hero with a Thousand Faces focused on the commonality of mythology (the “elementary ideas”), the Masks of God books focus upon historical and cultural variations the monomyth takes on (the “folk ideas”). In other words, where The Hero with a Thousand Faces draws perhaps more from psychology, the Masks of God books draw more from anthropology and history. The four volumes of Masks of God are as follows: Primitive MythologyOriental MythologyOccidental Mythology, and Creative Mythology.

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The Masks of God 4: Creative Mythology

Explore the power of myth as it exploded from twelfth century Europe into the modern world. Creative Mythology is the fourth and final volume of Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology, The Masks …

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The Masks of God 3: Occidental Mythology

Volume 3 of The Masks of God “The high function of Occidental myth and ritual . . . is to establish a means of relationship—of God to Man and Man to God”. — Joseph …

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The Masks of God 2: Oriental Mythology

“The myth of eternal return, which is still basic to Oriental life, displays an order of fixed forms that appear and disappear through all time.” – Joseph Campbell Explore the power of myth as it …

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The Masks of God 1: Primitive Mythology

Volume 1: Explore the power of myth as humanity first discovered it In this first volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology — the preeminent mythologist looks …

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