The Masks of God: Oriental Mythology v. 2

The Masks of God: Oriental Mythology v. 2

Paperback Masks of God

By (author) Joseph Campbell

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  • Publisher: ARKANA
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 26 March 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140194428
  • ISBN 13: 9780140194425
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 93,887

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An exploration of Eastern mythology as it developed into the distinctive religions of Egypt, India, China, and Japan.

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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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"It is impossible to read this startling and entertaining book without an enlarged sense of total human possibility and an increased receptivity--'open-endedness' as Thomas Mann called it--to the still living past." --Robert Gorham Davis

Table of contents

Oriental MythologyPART ONE: THE SEPARATION OF EAST AND WESTChapter 1. The Signatures of the Four Great Domains I. The Dialogue in Myth of East and West II. The Shared Myth of the One That Became Two III. The Two Views of Ego IV. The Two Ways of India and the Far East V. The Two Loyalties of Europe and the Levant VI. The Age of Comparison Chapter 2. The Cities of God I. The Age of Wonder II. Mythogenesis III. Culture Stage and Culture Style IV. The Hieratic State V. Mythic Identification VI. Mythic Inflation VII. The Immanent Transcendent God VIII. The Priestcraft of Art IX. Mythic Subordination Chapter 3. The Cities of Men I. Mythic Dissocation II. Mythic Virtue III. Mythic Time IV. The Mythic Flood V. Mythic Guilt VI. The Knowledge of Sorrow PART TWO: THE MYTHOLOGIES OF INDIAChapter 4. Ancient India I. The Invisible Counterplayer II. The Indus Civilization: c. 2500-1500 B.C. III. The Vedic Age: c. 1500-500 B.C. IV. Mythic Power V. Forest Philosophy VI. The Immanent Transcendent Divinity VII. The Great Reversal VIII. The Road of Smoke IX. The Road of Flame Chapter 5. Buddhist India I. The Occidental and the Oriental Hero II. The New City States: c. 800-500 B.C. III. The Legend of the World Savior IV. Mythic Eternalization V. The Middle Way VI. Nirvana VII. The Age of the Great Classics: c. 500 B.C.-c. 500 A.D. VIII. Three Buddhist Kings IX. The Way of Vision X. The World Regained - as Dream Chapter 6. The Indian Golden Age I. The Heritage of Rome II. The Mythic Past III. The Age of the Great Beliefs: c. 500-1500 A.D. IV. The Way of Delight V. The Blow of Islam PART THREE: THE MYTHOLOGIES OF THE FAR EASTChapter 7. Chinese Mythology I. The Antiquity of Chinese Civilization II. The Mythic Past III. The Chinese Feudal Age: c. 1500-500 B.C. IV. The Age of the Great Classics: c. 500 B.C.-500 A.D. V. The Age of the Great Beliefs: c. 500-1500 A.D. Chapter 8. Japanese Mythology I. Prehistoric Origins II. The Mythic Past III. The Way of Spirits IV. The Ways of the Buddha V. The Way of Heroes VI. The Way of Tea Chapter 9. Tibet: The Buddha and the New Happiness Reference Notes Index