Myths to Live By

Myths to Live By

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Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell

"There is no one quite like Joseph Campbell. He knows the vast sweep of man's panoramic past as few men have evern known it." -The Village Voice

What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, retuning always to the source from which all mythology springs: the creative imagination.

Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the Earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a single people, region, or religion. He shows how we must recognize their common denominators and allow this knowledge to be of use in fulfilling human potential everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140194616
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Series: Compass Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 369,582
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Myths to Live By Foreword
Preface
I. The Impact of Science on Myth
II. The Emergence of Mankind
III. The Importance of Rites
IV. The Separation of East and West
V. The Confrontation of East and West in Religion
VI. The Inspiration of Oriental Art
VII. Zen
VIII. The Mythology of Love
IX. Mythologies of War and Peace
X. Schizophrenia - the Inward Journey
XI. The Moon Walk - the Outward Journey
XII. Envoy: No More Horizons
Reference Notes
Index

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really opened up my eyes (and mind) to just how similar people and their religious needs are. Campbell has such an insightful approach to religion and reading this book proves that symbols are above all the most important aspect of man's desires and strivings. Campbell was influenced not only by Carl Jung but also by Eastern religions-- with which he applies to Western thought and religion. This comparison is striking and revealing and contains so much truth! You won't regret reading this book!
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At the time he wrote these essays, Campbell was a professor on a campus, surrounded by young people whom he found hard to understand. For example, in his essay "The Moon Walk--the Outward Journey" he relates his own feelings of awe on viewing the Apollo moon landing and contrasts them with the reaction of a student who wrote "So What" on a photo of the moon landing posted on a campus bulletin board. In another essay "Schizophrenia--the Inward Journey" he contrasts the use of mind-altering drugs by shamans and psychotics (including the LSD induced version) as the difference between divers and non-swimmers in "the waters of the unviersal archetypes of mythology." "Mythologies of War and Peace" addresses the underlying belief systems of participants in the Mideast crises. Campbell says that "killing is the precondition of all living whatsoever: life lives on life, eats life, and would not otherwise exist...it is the nations, tribes, and peoples bred to mythologies of war that have survived to communicate their life-supporting mythic lore to descendents." He suggests that "we" in the West "have been bred to one of the most brutal war mythologies of all time." He cites Deuteronomy and Isaiah and follows with excerpts from the Koran such as Sura 2, verse 216.."Fighting is prescribed for you."
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Book rolls like a river
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dont read this book expecting any deep or insightful revelations. I found Cambell's never ending criticisms of religion to be simple minded and lacking in substance. His arguments are not meant for any serious thought or inquiry, but rather remind me of dogmatic preaching. The only people Cambell is going to convince is individuals who have already bought into his line of thought and are only seeking confirmation. Individuals who wouldnt bother to demand something of substance. If your looking for a book that address issues of atheism and religion in a serious and intellectual manner, this is not the book for you.