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Saturday Dec 10, 2011

Campbell, Art, and Myth

matador, myth, moon
Matador, Myth, Moon

The late great teacher of mythology Joseph Campbell had a gift for storytelling and presenting exotic concepts in concise terms.

Campbell observed that modern Western mythology, which is a dead end with a closed canon, has been transformed into a matter of ethics instead of mysticism.

Art and myth are allies in understanding ourselves. Where does your art come from? Do you hear it, feel it, or is it contrived and intellectualized? This is not a comparison. It’s an exercise in awareness.

Campbell also said that “myths are public dreams, and that dreams are private myths.”

As Campbell might have put it: Do you have ideas or visions?

Know your private myth, which is the source of original work.