Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joseph Campbell: The Heroic Journey (video)

Cullen Smith (Lifting The Veil, April 10, 2016); Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

This documentary is an exploration of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our Western culture.

Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, fears, dragons, battles, and return home as a transformed person.
  • In the case of Nathaniel Hawthorne's allegorical "Young Goodman Brown," the protagonist serves as a negative-example of this journey into the woods and the world of witchcraft.
Irish mythology is one of the richest.
Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life -- or as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss."

The Hero (
In narrative and comparative #mythology, the #monomyth or hero/heroine's journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a heroic person who goes on an adventure and in a decisive crisis wins a victory then returns home permanently changed.
The concept was introduced by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), which describes the basic narrative pattern as follows:

A heroic person ventures forth from the world of common day concerns into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are encountered there, and a decisive victory is won: The person comes back from this adventure with the mysterious power to bestow boons on ordinary folk.

The inward journey (WQ)
Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of the Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth.

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