Myths To Live By

Paperback | February 1, 1993

byJoseph CampbellForeword byJohnson E. Fairchild

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What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, retuning always to the source from which all mythology springs: the creative imagination.

Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the Earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a single people, region, or religion. He shows how we must recognize their common denominators and allow this knowledge to be of use in fulfilling human potential everywhere.

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People who have read myths and legends from cultures that aren't modern or from North America are often surprised by the way they apply to our society. Joseph Campbell draws on the rich culture of our past and mingles it with our present. Suddenly our modern lives seem much richer thanks to Myths to Live by and its ability to bring the...

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What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the i...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140194614

ISBN - 13:9780140194616

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Myths to Live By Foreword
Preface
I. The Impact of Science on Myth
II. The Emergence of Mankind
III. The Importance of Rites
IV. The Separation of East and West
V. The Confrontation of East and West in Religion
VI. The Inspiration of Oriental Art
VII. Zen
VIII. The Mythology of Love
IX. Mythologies of War and Peace
X. Schizophrenia - the Inward Journey
XI. The Moon Walk - the Outward Journey
XII. Envoy: No More Horizons
Reference Notes
Index

From Our Editors

People who have read myths and legends from cultures that aren't modern or from North America are often surprised by the way they apply to our society. Joseph Campbell draws on the rich culture of our past and mingles it with our present. Suddenly our modern lives seem much richer thanks to Myths to Live by and its ability to bring the moonwalk down to Earth and love up to Buddha. As you jump back and forth between modern events and ancient ideals, you'll start to get a fuller understanding of our own place in history. In addition, Campbell introduces you to the ideas of many of the world's great thinkers, from St. Paul and Sartre to Lord Krishna and Shaw.