The Hero With A Thousand FacesBook - 1968
Amasses the characteristics exemplified by mythological heroes and religious leaders of all centuries and cultures into a unified whole
Princeton University Press
Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of the hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, the book hit the New York Times best-seller list in 1988 when it became the subject of The Power of Myth, a PBS television special.
The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today--and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.
Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; Campbell's book, like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.
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[Written shortly after the Second World War, Campbell says] " ... The community today is the planet, not the bounded nation ... The national idea, with the flag as totem ... the patriots whose ubiquitous photographs, draped with flags, serve as official icons - are precisely the local threshold guardians ... whom it is the first problem of the hero to surpass. (p. 359) ... a transmutation of the whole social order is necessary, so that through every detail and act of secular life the vitalizing image of the universal god-man who is actually immanent ... in all of us may be somehow made known to consciousness. (p. 360) ... "LIve,", Nietzsche says, "as though the day were here." It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. ... everyone of us shares the supreme ordeal ... (p. 362).
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