Tag: Joseph Campbell

The Messiahs: Mithras, Osiris, and Apollonius

A long time ago, in a land far away, a child was born. He was the son of a god and a mortal woman, and he used his miraculous powers to do good and to serve others. Tragically, he was betrayed and was killed by his enemies. But ultimately he rose from death and rejoined ...

Happy 100k JCF

The Joseph Campbell Foundation is offering a bundle of free downloads from The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell. Foreword to Myth, Religion, and Mother Right An essay in PDF format from the collection The Mythic Dimension, Joseph Campbell’s foreword to Johann Jacob Bachofen’s Myth, Religion, and Mother Right examines the work of the nineteenth-century anthropologist—an ...

Indra’s Lesson

There is a wonderful story in one of the Upanishads about the god Indra. Now, it happened at this time that a great monster had enclosed all the waters of the earth, so there was a terrible drought, and the world was in a very bad condition. It took Indra quite a while to realize ...

The Matrix Monomyth

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829)

It’s hard to believe that it has taken modern science 200 years to catch up to Lamarck. One of the common threads on Nautis Project has always been the incompleteness of a biological theory of evolution, morphology, and memory. It is these gaps in our knowledge that people like Lamarck, Darwin, Bergson, and Goethe tried ...

Joseph Campbell Foundation

The Joseph Campbell Foundation website has been redesigned. The new site is really nice. They’ve done a great job tying together the many sections into a single design. It’s an excellent site to discuss Campbell’s books and ideas. It has an active, intelligent discussion group that has also given rise to several “Round Table” groups ...

Featured Conversation: A Woman’s Hero Journey

In our Conversations of a Higher Order, threaded discussion forums, over 25,700 messages have been posted! This week we feature A Woman’s Hero Journey: Is it different?, where JessicaP says: I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on whether you think the hero’s journey is different for women than it is for men. I’ve ...

Why Speak With Symbols?

In our Conversations of a Higher Order, threaded discussion forums, over 25,500 messages have been posted‚—a thousand more since our last featured thread in July! In this featured conversation, Nandu begins:We speak of the symbolism and metaphor of myth. It is part and parcel of any art form, too. Why? What is the universal attraction ...

Practical Campbell: Smoke or Mirrors?

“The occult” – an emotionally charged term evoking sinister associations, everything from fraudulent and greedy fortune tellers to satanic rituals, images reinforced on movie screens and in pulpits across the country … but is this the reality, or merely projections of the public imagination? Is the practice of occult arts–particularly popular forms of divination, including ...

Featured Conversation: The Nature of Fear

Is the root of all fear the fear of death? Are fears a teaching tool where the ultimate aim is to confront and move beyond fear? Is fear an essential driving component of creativity? Is fear a human quality that makes the living of life even more of a precious experience? This conversation is in ...

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 ...

Featured Conversation: Campbell and Jung

In our on-line, Conversations of a Higher Order, threaded discussion forums, over 23,600 messages have been posted. In this featured conversation, Ritske from Edinburgh, UK, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Edinburgh, presents the following for discussion: “I am interested–puzzled in fact–by Campbell’s assertion that myth is an expression of the ...

A Mystery Solved and the “Trickster” Deconstructed

This week, we reveal the answer to a question that many of you may have asked yourselves over the months that we have been posting the Practical Campbell column: Who the heck is Bodhi_Bliss? …Which leads us to the subject of Stephen’s latest contribution to the Practical Campbell column, “Benevolent Scoundrels.” Original post by Joseph ...

The Tuatha da Menehuna?

In the latest addition to our Practical Campbell series , Bhodi_Bliss, our key contributor to this on-line periodical, explores the blurred lines between history and myth, parallelism, converging geographies and diffusion. Original post by Joseph Campbell Foundation

A Metaphysical Realization

There is a magnificent essay by Schopenhauer in which he asks, how is it that a human being can so participate in the peril or pain of another that without thought, spontaneously, he sacrifices his own life to the other? How can it happen that what we normally think of as the first law of ...

The Hero Is Us

It’s hard not to think of Joseph Campbell while watching the first film installment of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s renowned fantasy trilogy, which has remained No. 1 at the box office since its opening in December. Underneath the movie’s sweeping spectacle and captivating characters, it’s your basic hero’s story. After a short ...

Joseph Campbell on the Art of James Joyce

One of the incidents that launched Joseph Campbell down the path of his life’s work was wandering into Shakespeare & Co. in Paris and picking up James Joyce’s newly published Ulysses. Now, just in time for the dual centennials of Campbell’s birth (March 26, 1904) and Bloomsday (June 16, 1904–the day in which most of ...

Joseph Campbell: Psychological or Metaphysical

This is a very interesting topic and I find myself wondering exactly where Campbell’s ultimate passions were. The first image that is called to mind is Campbell’s rather amazing recounting of a story he read in a Hawaiian newspaper (source: Power of Myth). It was about a guy on a bridge about to commit suicide. ...