Myths: James Campbell

James Campbell  was an eminent mythologist who authored the 4 volume Masks of God  (1962-1968). He focused on mythic symbols and  mythic quests. Campbell was especially good at pointing out the natural bases for most myths, and why these naturalistic forces account for the many similarities of myths across cultures. Similarities yes, but because of the way Nature is interpreted by various cultures there are mythic differences. Campbell saw a significant correlation between myths and their evolution into religions (more to come). However, as I point out later in later posts, interpretation of natural phenomena is also a major reason for dogmatic differences among religions. I note that Campbell is well-known for saying that to follow one’s nature is to find one’s bliss.

masks of god

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