Practical Campbell: The Myth of Zimmer and Campbell

Few people in the United States have heard of Heinrich Zimmer — and fewer still would know who he was had Heinrich Zimmer and Joseph Campbell never met. It’s just as likely that Campbell’s life would have followed a far different trajectory, absent this relationship. Zimmer exerted a profound and undeniable influence on the direction of Campbell’s career, honing Joseph’s realization of his own passion for comparative mythology. References to Zimmer abound throughout Campbell’s books and lectures – including favorite, oft-told tales such as “The Humbling of Indra” or the “Tiger Among the Goats.” Indeed, Heinrich Zimmer was for Campbell one of those doors we come across that open, “where you would not have thought there would be doors,” when we follow our bliss…

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