Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal

Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal

by Joseph Campbell


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Master mythologist Joseph Campbell had a genius for finding the unifying symbols and metaphors in apparently distinct cultures and traditions. In Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal, Campbell explores, with his characteristic clarity and humor, the principle that underlies all the great religions of India and East Asia, from Jainism and Hinduism to Buddhism and Taoism: the transcendent World Soul.

Joseph Campbell began his comparative study of the world’s religions with a chance meeting with the renowned Indian theosophist Jeddu Krishnamurti on a trans-Atlantic steamer. Though Campbell was deeply fascinated by mythologies and religions from every continent, Asia’s potent mix of theologies captured his imagination more than any other, and offered him paths to understanding the essence of myth.

In Myths of Light, Campbell explores the core philosophies and mythologies of the East, comparing them through vivid examples and stories to each other and to those of the West. A worthy companion to Thou Art That and to Campbell’s Asian Journals, this volume conveys complex insights through warm, accessible storytelling, revealing the intricacies and secrets of his subject with his typical enthusiasm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608681099
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Series: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 438,366
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including the four-volume The Masks of God and The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who had been long fascinated by the religions of South and East Asia, I felt like what Joseph Cambpell had had to say in his wonderful Power of Myth was like a great appetizer. When I'd tried to get some more of his thoughts on the subject, however, I went to his huge book, The Masks of God: Oriental Mythologies and was utterly intimidated. I was very pleased, then, to pick up this wonderful 200 page volume. It is a lovely, insightful, humorous introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism and the rest. It's more in depth than Power of Myth but not as academic as the Masks of God. I enjoyed it alot, learned alot, and felt that funny mixture of having done something good for myself and something really fun that only seems to happen in the presence of a really good teacher. Joseph Campbell is certainly that, and this book makes me wish I could have attended some of his classes and glad that the Campbell Foundation people are still releasing his unpublished work.
Niecierpek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A comparative study of Eastern religions and visions of the eternal. An effortless walk through a synthesis in which everything makes sense and is wonderfully and clearly analyzed and then synthesized again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago