Joseph Campbell. Published by Princeton University
Press. 552 Pages.
"Imagery, especially the imagery of
dreams, is the basis of mythology." This quote from author Joseph
Campbell summarizes the theme of this work. This fascinating book covers
the myths of the great spiritual traditions, with particular emphasis
upon the artistic imagery they have produced. With over 400 photographs,
accompanied with detailed explanations, The Mythic Image delves
deep into the mystery traditions of the world. Joseph Campbell, the
world's foremost expert in Mythology, and intellectual mastermind behind
the "Star Wars" films, gives you fresh insights into how
Man has sought to understand and express the Divine in Art, and how you
can benefit from the power of myth and symbolism in your own life.
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The Masks Of God
Joseph Campbell was the foremost
mythologist of the 20th century and the person most responsible for
bringing Mythology into the popular imagination. Although he was a
leading university academics, his books are extremely readable. Campbell
had an amazing capacity to communicate his message about the power of
myth and its relevance in the lives of normal people in a way which
excites and captivates the imagination.
The "Masks of God" was his
master work. In four volumes, he covers the whole world of Mythology
from distant past to present, from East to West. In Volume 1, Primitive
Mythology, he examines the beliefs stories and art of prehistoric man
from across the world. Volume 2, Oriental Mythology, covers the
religions of Egypt, India, China and Japan. Volume 3, Occidental
Mythology, studies the mythological themes that underlie the art,
worship and literature of the Western World. Volume 4, Creative
Mythology, ties the whole series together by examining the inner story
of modern culture - our entire philosophical, spiritual artistic
heritage since the Dark Ages - and
shows how modern man creates his won mythologies.
These books truly bring Mythology alive
and demonstrate its relevance to you now in a way that only Joseph
Campbell can. Read these books and come away enriched to understand our
world, our culture and your unique place within it all.
J.G. Frazer. Publisher Simon &
Frazer's great work on Mythology remains
one of the all-time classics and a book that inspired the likes of
Joseph Campbell and others to pursue this fascinating subject.
Originally published in twelve volumes, it has been condensed into one
for public consumption and thus represents the best and most fascinating
of Frazer's life work. Here, myth, magic and religion meet from around
the world and across oceans of time.
The Concise Cambridge History of English
Literature comments: "...equally remarkable for its vast assembly
of facts and its unusual charm of presentation. Few men of such learning
have written more attractively."
In this one work, you will learn about
the Rites and Trials of Kings, Tree Worship, Magicians, The Myth of
Osiris, Myths of the Corn & their relationship to Christianity,
Ancient Festivals, Human Sacrifice, Myths of the Soul, Taboos and more.
Some of what Frazer has to share is so exotic and unusual as to totally
defy belief. In this book, you will read of the heights and depths to
which the human race can aspire in their beliefs and actions.
If you are interested in Mythology, you
simply cannot do without "The Golden Bough"!
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Power Of Myth
Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
In "The Power Of Myth", Bill
Moyers conducts a series of fascinating interviews with the late Joseph
Campbell. This book is essentially the complete transcript of the highly
successful TV series of the same name. A masterful overview of Mythology
and its relevance to our lives is presented. Moyers, himself deeply
knowledgeable on the subject, extracts the very best from Campbell.
Their discussions range from the first storytellers to the archetypal
symbolism of "Star Wars", from stories of the Goddess through
to profound teachings on Love, Marriage and the Inward Journey. Most
importantly, all the discussions are intensely practical and focused
upon the relevance of Myth in our everyday lives.
Lavishly illustrated throughout, in both
color and black and white, "The Power of Myth" will be a
valuable addition to your library; one that you will refer to
continually. It will deepen your knowledge of Myth and therefore your
insight into your outer and inner life.
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