"[Writers] enjoy a license to be educated in public; we are the lucky ones, allowed to spend our days in a continuing course of adult education." Bill Moyers
Last week I introduced you to Kate Tempest's spoken word poetry, "Brand New Ancients" and the symbolic role that myths and legends play in personal growth and self-awareness. I am fascinated by this subject and, as promised, continued this week to write about what I have learned.
The work of Joseph Campbell is synonymous with myth and modern belief. I am only now familiarizing myself with his work, however, I have come across the philosophy of "Following your Bliss" a product of his writing and lectures. His prolific work in the area of modern influence of mythology is hard to miss.
Campbell describes Mythology as the "Songs of the Universe - music that we we dance to even when we cannot name the tune ... that started when our primal ancestors told stories to themselves about the animals they killed to survive and the supernatural world to which they seemed to go when they died ... in a mystical, timeless, cycle of death, burial, and resurrection..."
These myths are represented across the globe. They are captured in the art, music, literature and storytelling of all races and cultures. As I pointed out in last weeks post, some suffer more than others from the disconnection from these mythologies. For those who find the need for this connection acute, Campbell's views can be empowering.
The PBS Documentary Series on Joseph Campbell "The Power of Myth" documents interviews by Journalist Bill Moyers. The interviews have been transcribed and edited into book form. I purchased the book, used, in soft cover, from Amazon for about $10 including shipping.
I didn't get the Kindle edition because the book is coffee table sized with some excellent colour illustrations. I found the content so compelling I read it in one sitting. I expect it to be a staple in my library for years to come. If you prefer a video medium, you can find the interviews on YouTube.
The clip I selected below is from the PBS series on the "Heroes Journey and Star Wars".
(Any excuse to get my nerd on.)
The Joseph Campbell Foundation website is dedicated to his work in mythology and an excellent resource. Here you will not only find access to all of his written work, lectures, discussion groups there is also a Mythology Database, Toolbox and Roundtable.
As you know, I have personally found poetry to be a "Song of the Universe - music that I dance to even when I cannot name the tune" A perfect example of this is my love for poetry and the great Kate Tempest leading me to Joseph Campbell and following my bliss. In honour of that connection Here is "Mysterious Mythologies.
May the Force be with you...
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