The Power of Myth

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Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was a living encyclopedia of world mythology.  He is best known for “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” “The Masks of God,” and other writing.  Campbell’s work illuminates the spiritual common-ground between all world religions.  As Joseph Campbell said, “if you want to understand Jesus, you have to go beyond Jesus.  If you want to understand Buddha, you have to go beyond Buddha. . . ”

Before Campbell’s death, he filmed six conversations with Bill Moyers.  The episodes (linked below) were aired on PBS.  If you don’t have six hours to spare, my favorite episodes are #4 and #6.  Enjoy.

Episode 1 of 6: introduction

Episode 2 of 6: the message of the myth

Episode 3 of 6: the first storytellers

Episode 4 of 6: sacrifice and bliss

Episode 5 of 6: love and the goddess

Episode 6 of 6: masks of eternity

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One Response to “The Power of Myth”

  1. Kristina Says:

    Thank you – he’s one of my favourites!

    Cheers,
    Kristina
    http://kristinasworld.wordpress.com/

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