Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times

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This book of mythology for the 21st Century is Phil Cousineau's grand opus — his masterwork, in which he gleans from the world's body of myth a stirring vision that offers the potential for "a deep experience of life". The hallmark of myth is a sense of timelessness. The story rings true not only now but through time, and people experiencing myth feel that they are living something larger than themselves. This timelessness is evident in Cousineau's discussions of the mythology of travel, mentors, cities, ...

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Overview

This book of mythology for the 21st Century is Phil Cousineau's grand opus — his masterwork, in which he gleans from the world's body of myth a stirring vision that offers the potential for "a deep experience of life". The hallmark of myth is a sense of timelessness. The story rings true not only now but through time, and people experiencing myth feel that they are living something larger than themselves. This timelessness is evident in Cousineau's discussions of the mythology of travel, mentors, cities, baseball, and creatures of the night, such as vampires. Once and Future Myths is a fascinating read and an original contribution to what we know about the power of myth. Phil Cousineau has been called the Joseph Campbell for the new millennium.

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Myths aren't just quaint or fantastical stories about nonexistent beings. They are emblematic tales that speak from the center of who we are. That's the message of Phil Cousineau's reassuring Once and Future Myths, a consciousness-raising ascent into the realm of these timeless cultural messages. Cousineau, who has been called the Joseph Campbell of the new millennium, makes a strong case for the postmodern relevance of ancient myths.
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In this personal book, many years in the making, renowned illustrator, photographer, and adventurer Cousineau speculates on the origins, development, and meaning of myths. Examining mythic tales from around the world, Cousineau argues that myth remains omnipresent in our daily life. To make his case, he examines a vast array of experiences, including baseball, popular music, diet, and general amusements. The thrust of this thoughtful book is that science may explain how the world works, but myth explains why. This is fascinating reading, though the style is meandering and the material somewhat heady. For inclusive collections of ancient lore and mythic reveries. Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatbor, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573241465
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Cousineau is a bestselling author, editor, photographer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, adventure travel leader, and independant scholar who lectures around the world on a wide range of topics from mythology, mentorship, and soul. His books include "The Art of Pilgrimage", "Soul Moments", "Riddle Me This", and "The Soul Aflame". A protege of the late Joseph Campbell, Cousineau is also the author of "The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work". He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: The Splendid Prism of Myth 1
1 The Myth of the Creative Struggle: Late-Night Thoughts from Sisyphus to Sinatra 25
2 The Myth of Time: From the Valley of the Kings to Silicon Valley 65
3 The Mythic Power of Mentorship: From Odysseus to Zorba 107
4 The Myth of Travel: From Easter Island to the Moon 163
5 The Myth of the City: From the Walls of Jerusalem to the Cafes of Paris 203
6 The Myth of Sports: From the Fields of Olympia to the Field of Dreams 255
Acknowledgments 313
Permissions 317
List of Illustrations 319
Recommended Reading 323
Index 329
About the Author 341
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