There is so much to say about this wonderful
man. A leading authority on mythology and comparative religion.
A man who knew that he didn't know and in so doing became the
knower. Joseph believed that each life was a journey of mythic
proportions. Rejoice in your life for it is the expression of
"God". Religion and mythology (synonymous at their root)
are the metaphors, the "help guides", to living an experience
rich life. Living true to who you are or to quote Campbell himself,
"To follow your bliss!" These books should be read by
everyone. This is a man you would like to introduce into your
life and the lives of friends, family, and children.
He has several video/DVDs also. They are
great entertainment and there is so much to learn while watching.
Power of Myth Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell's
most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary
situation, such as the murder and funeral of President John
F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context
of ancient mythology. Herein lies the power of The Power
of Myth, showing how humans are apt to create and live
out the themes of mythology. Based on a six-part PBS television
series hosted by Bill Moyers, this classic is especially compelling
because of its engaging question-and-answer format, creating
an easy, conversational approach to complicated and esoteric
topics. For example, when discussing the mythology of heroes,
Campbell and Moyers smoothly segue from the Sumerian sky goddess
Inanna to Star Wars' mercenary-turned-hero, Han Solo.
Most impressive is Campbell's encyclopedic knowledge of myths,
demonstrated in his ability to recall the details and archetypes
of almost any story, from any point and history, and translate
it into a lesson for spiritual living in the here and now.
--Gail Hudson (Amazon.com)
Hero with a Thousand Faces Originally written by Campbell
in the '40s-- in his pre-Bill Moyers days -- and famous as
George Lucas' inspiration for "Star Wars," this
book will likewise inspire any writer or reader in its well
considered assertion that while all stories have already been
told, this is *not* a bad thing, since the *retelling* is
still necessary. And while our own life's journey must always
be ended alone, the travel is undertaken in the company not
only of immediate loved ones and primal passion, but of the
heroes and heroines -- and myth-cycles -- that have preceded
to Live by The brilliant author of The Masks of God shares
his ideas and speculations on our universal myths, in a fascinating,
very personal work which explores the enduring power of the
myths that influence our lives and examines the myth-making
process from the primitive past to the immediate present.