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The Power of Myth (original 1988; edition 2009)

by Joseph Campbell

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Title:The Power of Myth
Authors:Joseph Campbell
Info:MJF Books (2009), Hardcover
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Beautiful and completely unexpected. ( )
  LaPhenix | Oct 3, 2013 |
Although Campbell has been largely discredited by scholars, he still brought comparative religion to the masses. His work isn't acceptable for grad school work but it's good enough for everyday reading. This book is interesting and illustrated so it's a decent read. However, if you want a similar title that has gotten approval from the Power That Be in the academic world, try [b:The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions|10286|The Illustrated World's Religions A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions|Huston Smith|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1166153583s/10286.jpg|26614]. ( )
  maybedog | Apr 5, 2013 |
Although Campbell has been largely discredited by scholars, he still brought comparative religion to the masses. His work isn't acceptable for grad school work but it's good enough for everyday reading. This book is interesting and illustrated so it's a decent read. However, if you want a similar title that has gotten approval from the Power That Be in the academic world, try [b:The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions|10286|The Illustrated World's Religions A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions|Huston Smith|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1166153583s/10286.jpg|26614]. ( )
  maybedog | Apr 5, 2013 |
Absolutely wrong, and amazingly right all at the same time. ( )
  arron_kau | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is an extended interview, which is at times interesting and at times a little jumpy and scattered. I imagine it would be great to listen to. It's a decent low-key introduction to Campbell's thoughts. ( )
  amaraduende | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Theology and myth are stepsisters of truth. The one probes with questions, the other spins out tales on gossamer threads. But both serve a common mystery.

I was reminded of this recently in reading Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer's conversation on The Power of Myth. This wonderful book is filled with pictures of Tibetan and Native American art, photographs of aboriginal initiation rites and drawings by William Blake. Adapted from a six-part television series filmed at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch shortly before Campbell's death, the book moves from the tales of ancient Greece and India to the latest episodes of Rambo and Star Wars. Here the power of story still lives. As Campbell once said, "The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stands this afternoon on the corner of Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change."
 

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To Judith, who has long heard the music
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MOYERS: Why myths?
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This conversation between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell took place in 1985 and 1986 at George Lucas's SKywalker Ranch and later at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
INTRODUCTION (by Bill Moyers)
 
For weeks after Joseph Campbell died, I was reminded of him just about everywhere I turned.
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The companion book for the series, The Power of Myth, (Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, and editor Betty Sue Flowers) was released in 1988 at the same time the series aired on PBS. In the editor's note to The Power of Myth, Flowers credits Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as "the Doubleday editor, whose interest in the ideas of Joseph Campbell was the prime mover in the publication of this book." The book follows the format of the documentary and provides additional discussions not included in the original six hour release. 
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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

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From the Publisher: This extraordinary best-seller is a brilliant evocation of the noted scholar's teachings on mythology. Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers offer a brilliant combination of wisdom and wit in conversations that range from modern marriage to virgin births, from saviors to heroes in the Power of Myth-a great summing up of Campbell's works.… (more)

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