The Masks of God 4: Creative Mythology

The Masks of God, Volume 4: Creative Mythology

By Joseph Campbell | Edited by David Kudler

This title is part of the The Masks of God series

This title is part of the The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series

Volume 4:

Explore the power of myth as it exploded from twelfth century Europe into the modern world
In this fourth volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology — the pre-emimenent mythologist looks at the European mythology of individualism as it took flower in medieval Europe and spread, through the Renaissance, to influence modernist thought, art, and literature. The Masks of God is a four-volume study of world religion and myth that stands as one of Joseph Campbell’s masterworks. On completing it, he wrote: Its main result for me has been the confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the race of man, not only in its biology, but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified and turned about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all sections sounding together, irrestibly advancing to some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will emerge. This new digital edition, part of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series, includes over forty new illustrations.

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For amor is neither of the right-hand path (the sublimating spirit, the mind and community of man), nor of the indiscriminate left (the spontaneity of nature, the mutual incitement of the phallus and the womb), but is the path directly before one, of the eyes, and their message to the heart. [share]
Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion. [share]

'The fool says in his heart there is no God' (Psalms 14:1). There is, however, another type of fool, more dangerous and sure of himself, who says in his heart and proclaims to all the world, 'There is no God but mine.'

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