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The material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment. A living, vital mythology deals with these.” — Joseph Campbell

During the final years of his life, Joseph Campbell embarked on a lecture tour in which he drew together all that he had learned about what he called the “one great story” of humanity. These remarkable lectures were filmed and are presented here in the order and manner in which Campbell himself intended, with enhanced images and in minimally-edited form. As seen on PBS.

The Programs

1. Psyche and Symbol — The psychological impulse for and response to myth.

2. The Spirit Land — How myths awakened American Indians to the mystery of life. 3.

On Being Human — The emergence of myth in early hunter-gatherer societies.

4. From Goddess to God — The gradual shift from the Goddess to male, warlike deities.

5. The Mystical Life — Non-biblical mythic strains that helped shape the Western spirit.

Presented and Hosted by Academy Award® – Winner SUSAN SARANDON

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Thank heaven someone had the good sense to tape one of Joseph Campbell’s final lecture series before his death in 1987. Though this set, to quote hostess Susan Sarandon in her introduction, “isn’t for everyone,” for those with an abiding interest in the nooks and crannies of the human psyche, and Campbell’s lifelong quest to knit together mythic strands from all of the world’s cultures (itself a mythic feat), this first two-disc volume, subtitled Shaping Our Mythic Tradition, is a treasure-trove of information coupled with Campbell’s unique insight. — Jeffrey Kaufman (DVD Talk)

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