The Masks of God, Volume 3: Occidental 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
Occidental Mythology is a systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the western world. 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.”
Campbell offers a systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the Western world. “The high function of Occidental myth and ritual . . . is to establish a means of relationship–of God to Man and Man to God”.–Joseph Campbell.
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