The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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  • Copyright: 1990-12-01
  • Publisher: ECAMPUS
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Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of the hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, the book hit theNew York Timesbest-seller list in 1988 when it became the subject ofThe Power of Myth, a PBS television special. The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today--and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence. Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; Campbell's book, likeStar Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.

Author Biography

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was an inspiring teacher, popular lecturer and author, and the editor and translator of many books on mythology Clarissa Pinkola Estes is the author of Women Who Run with the Wolves

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Platesp. xvi
Preface to the 1949 Editionp. xxi
Introduction to the 2004 Commemorative Editionp. xxiii
Acknowledgmentsp. lxvi
Prologue: The Monomythp. 1
Myth and Dreamp. 3
Tragedy and Comedyp. 23
The Hero and the Godp. 28
The World Navelp. 37
The Adventure of the Hero
Departurep. 45
The Call to Adventurep. 45
Refusal of the Callp. 54
Supernatural Aidp. 63
The Crossing of the First Thresholdp. 71
The Belly of the Whalep. 83
Initiationp. 89
The Road of Trialsp. 89
The Meeting with the Goddessp. 100
Woman as the Temptressp. 111
Atonement with the Fatherp. 116
Apotheosisp. 138
The Ultimate Boonp. 159
Returnp. 179
Refusal of the Returnp. 179
The Magic Flightp. 182
Rescue from Withoutp. 192
The Crossing of the Return Thresholdp. 201
Master of the Two Worldsp. 212
Freedom to Livep. 221
The Keysp. 227
The Cosmogonic Cycle
Emanationsp. 237
From Psychology to Metaphysicsp. 237
The Universal Roundp. 242
Out of the Void-Spacep. 249
Within Space-Lifep. 253
The Breaking of the One into the Manifoldp. 261
Folk Stories of Creationp. 268
The Virgin Birthp. 275
Mother Universep. 275
Matrix of Destinyp. 280
Womb of Redemptionp. 285
Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhoodp. 288
Transformations of the Herop. 291
The Primordial Hero and the Humanp. 291
Childhood of the Human Herop. 295
The Hero as Warriorp. 309
The Hero as Loverp. 316
The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrantp. 319
The Hero as World Redeemerp. 322
The Hero as Saintp. 327
Departure of the Herop. 329
Dissolutionsp. 337
End of the Microcosmp. 337
End of the Macrocosmp. 345
Epilogue: Myth and Societyp. 351
The Shapeshifterp. 353
The Function of Myth, Cult, and Meditationp. 354
The Hero Todayp. 358
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 383
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