Oriental Mythology: Masks of God

Oriental Mythology: Masks of God

by Joseph Campbell


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Oriental Mythology: Masks of God by Joseph Campbell

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140194425
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1991
Series: Masks of God Series , #2
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 270,793
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.99(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.

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