Creative Mythology: Masks of God

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This volume explores the whole inner story of modern culture since the Dark Ages, treating modern man's unique position as the creator of his own mythology.

An exploration of Eastern mythology as it developed into the distinctive religions of Egypt, India, China, and Japan.

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Overview

This volume explores the whole inner story of modern culture since the Dark Ages, treating modern man's unique position as the creator of his own mythology.

An exploration of Eastern mythology as it developed into the distinctive religions of Egypt, India, China, and Japan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140194401
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Series: Masks of God Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 144,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Ancient Vine Chapter 1. Experience and Authority
I. Creative Symbolization II. Where Words Turn Back III. The Trackless Way IV. Mountain Immortals
Chapter 2. The World Transformed
I. The Way of Noble Love II. The Devil's Door III. Heloise IV. The Crystalline Bed V. Aesthetic Arrest VI. The Potion
Chapter 3. The Word Behind Words
I. Symbolic Speech II. The Classical Heritage III. The Celto-Germanic Heritage IV. The Legacy of Islam V. The Gnostics Part Two: The Waste Land Chapter 4. The Love-Death
I. Eros, Agape, and Amor II. The Noble Heart III. Anamorphosis IV. The Music of the Land below Waves V. Moon Bull and Sun Steed VI. The Legend of the Fair Isolt
Chapter 5. Phoenix Fire
I. O Truly Blessed Night!
II. The Left-Hand Way III. Puer Aeternus IV. Chaos
Chapter 6. The Balance
I. Honor against Love II. The Individual and the State III. Erotic Irony IV. Identity and Relationship V. Beauty Way VI. The Altar and the Pulpit VII. Democracy and the Terror VIII. The Amfortas Wound Part Three: The Way and the Life Chapter 7. The Crucified
I. The Turning Wheel of Terror-Joy II. The Maimed Fisher King III. The Quest Beyond Meaning
Chapter 8. The Paraclete
I. The Son of the Widow II. First Intermezzo: The Restitution of Symbols III. The Ladies' Knight IV. Illuminations V. Second Intermezzo: The Secularization of Myth VI. The Castle of Marvels VII. Third Intermezzo: Mythogenesis VIII. The Crowning of the King IX. Envoy: To Each His Own Part Four: New Wine Chapter 9. The Death of "God"
I. The Crime of Galileo II. The New Reality III. Names and Forms IV. The New Universe V. The Knight of the Rueful Countenance VI. Toward New Mythologies
Chapter 10. The Earthly Paradise
I. All the Gods within You II. Symbolization Reference Notes Index

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