The Hero With A Thousand Faces

The Hero With A Thousand Faces

Book - 1956 1949
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Publisher: New York : Meridian Books, 1956 [©1949]
Characteristics: xxiii, 416 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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" ' Figure 18. SATURN SWALLOWING HIS CHILDREN; Figure 27. CREATION (detail; fresco, Italy, A.D. 1508-1512 ); Figure 32. BODHISATTVA (temple banner, Tibet, nineteenth century A.D. )' " "One of the most powerful and beloved of the Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet, China, and Japan is the Lotus Bearer, AVALOKITESHVARA. He regards with compassion all sentient creatures suffering the evils of existence. To him go perhaps more prayers per minute than any other divinity known to man." " ' Figure 45a. Gorgon-Sister pursuing Perseus, Who Is Fleeing with the head of Medusa (red-figure amphora, Greece, fifth century B.C. ); Figure 45b. Perseus fleeing with the Head of Medusa in His Wallet (red-figure amphora, Greece, fifth-century B.C. )." "The hero is the champion of things becoming, not of things become, because he is. He does not mistake apparent changelessness in time for the permanence of Being, nor is he fearful of the next moment (or of the 'other thing'), as destroying the permanent with its change. 'Nothing retains its own form; but nature, the greater renewer, ever makes up forms from forms. Be sure there's nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form.' "

Apr 01, 2019

Recommended by The Do Lectures "Stay Curious" book.
Seminal Hero's Journey (as learned in Gr 9 Drama)

Nov 12, 2018

The PBS series "The Power of Myth" brought Campbell's understanding of myths to a wider public audience. Forty years after he wrote "The Hero with a Thousand Faces", Campbell saw the contemporary mythology as global as, perhaps, exemplified by Superman and Luke Skywalker.

Aug 24, 2018

Very good

Aug 07, 2018

Unfortunately the library only has one copy of his book and this copy wasn’t available for some time. This is Joseph Campbell’s titular work regarding the hero motif that is found in most cultures and religious traditions. Hence, the title of the book, but what Campbell tried to understand is why humanity relies on heroes and craves heroes. This book is relavant today as we see so many nations want a hero to save them in some way.

May 07, 2018

Recommended by Ray Dalio in book Principles

May 06, 2016

Just what I was looking for!

Nov 20, 2014

A modern classic of scholarship, without resorting to obscurity. Provides a plausible theory to comprehend myths from all traditions.

Feb 11, 2012

Excellent. Unravels the real you behind the masks that you continuosly wear, consciously or unconsciously until it it is too late.


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Nov 11, 2018

[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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