The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology v. 3

The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology v. 3

Paperback Masks of God

By (author) Joseph Campbell

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  • Publisher: ARKANA
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 26 March 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014019441X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140194418
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 105,097

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A systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the Western world.

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Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987.

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"I consider this, as his other books, of outstanding importance and scholarship, clarity and depth. I believe that anyone truly interested in the sience of man ... will find these books a wealth of data, penetratingly analyzed and written in such a way that he has the chance of digesting them in his own manner." --Erich Fromm

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Campbell offers a systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the Western world. "The high function of Occidental myth and ritual . . . is to establish a means of relationship--of God to Man and Man to God".--Joseph Campbell.

Table of contents

Occidental Mythology Part One: The Age of the GoddessIntroduction: Myth and Ritual: East and West Chapter 1. The Serpent's Bride I. The Mother Goddess Eve II. The Gorgon's Blood III. Ultima Thule IV. Mother Right Chapter 2. The Consort of the Bull I. The Mother of God II. The Two Queens III. The Mother of the Minotaur IV. The Victory of the Sons of Light Part Two: The Age of HeroesChapter 3. Gods and Heroes of the Levant: 1500-500 B. C. I. The Book of the Lord II. The Mythological Age III. The Age of Abraham IV. The Age of Moses Chapter 4. Gods and Heroes of the European West: 1500-500 B. C. I. The Dialogue of North and South II. The Marriages of Zeus III. The Night Sea Journey IV. The Polis Part Three: The Age of the Great ClassicsChapter 5. The Persian Period: 539-331 B. C. I. Ethical Dualism II. The Cosmic Fall and Renovation III. The King of Kings IV. The Remnant V. The God of Love Chapter 6. Hellenism: 331 B. C.- 324 A. D. I. The Marriage of East and West II. Syncretistic and Ethnic Monotheism III. Mystery Cult and Apocalypse IV. The Watchers of the Dead Sea Chapter 7. Great Rome: c. 500 B. C. - c. 500 A. D. I. The Celtic Province II. Etruria III. The Augustan Age IV. The Risen Christ V. The Illusory Christ VI. The Mission of Paul VII. The Fall of Rome Part Four: The Age of the Great BeliefsIntroduction: The Dialogue of Europe and the LevantChapter 8. The Cross and the Crescent I. The Magi II. Byzantium III. The Prophet of Islam IV. The Garment of the Law V. The Garment of the Mystic Way VI. The Broken Spell Chapter 9. Europe Resurgent I. The Isle of Saints II. The Weird of the Gods III. ROMA IV. AMOR Conclusion: At the Close of an Age Reference Notes Index