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Mythology



Myths are more than entertaining folklore: they are sacred stories that help pass on a culture’s ideology, world view, and customs. Focusing on humankind’s relationship to the natural and supernatural world, myths offer interpretations on what it means to be human. Studying the myths of our ancestors around the globe can help us connect to the universal human condition, and creating new myths for ourselves help us make sense of and gain power from our lived experiences.

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East vs West — The Myths That Mystify | Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West - and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.

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Myths to Live By

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...

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The Gifts of a Mythic Life

Myth is not a no thing, an insubstantial conceptual will-o'-the-wisp. It is coded into our cells and waters the seas of the unconscious. It dwells in our little finger and plays along the spine as well as the spirit.

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Joseph Campbell—Jung, the Self, and Myth

Joseph Campbell begins exploring C.G. Jung’s idea of the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious by looking at Jung’s concepts of the Self and of the Ego, and begins discussing how myth communicates between the two.

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The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas.

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Joseph Campbell: 70 Years of Making Connections

For almost 50 years Joseph Campbell has been writing major studies of mythology.

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Archetypes and Mythology. Why They Matter Even More So Today | Kristina Dryza | TEDxKaunas

How to think mythically and sense archetypally to better understand our shared humanity, yet honor the diverse ways we live and make meaning. Australian-born Lithuanian Kristina Dryza is recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists and is also an archetypal consultant and author.

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A Short History of Myth

“Human beings have always been mythmakers.” So begins best-selling writer Karen Armstrong’s concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it.

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Dr. Robert Johnson—Mythology and Modern Life

Dr. Robert Johnson discusses mythology in his film In Search of the Holy Grail.

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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

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