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Pathways to Bliss : Mythology and Personal Transformation

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Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as "other people's religion." But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment -- or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world's most powerful myths support the individual's heroic path toward bliss. In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell examines this personal, psychological side of myth. Like his classic best-selling books Myths to Live By and The Power of Myth, Pathways to Bliss draws from Campbell's popular lectures and dialogues, which highlight his remarkable storytelling and ability to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and the quest for transformation. Here he anchors mythology's symbolic wisdom to the individual, applying the most poetic mythical metaphors to the challenges of our daily lives. Campbell dwells on life's important questions. Combining cross-cultural stories with the teachings of modern psychology, he examines the ways in which our myths shape and enrich our lives and shows how myth can help each of us truly identify and follow our bliss.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 142.24 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • NEW WORLD LIBRARY
  • Novato, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1577314719
  • 9781577314714
  • 18,127

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No one in our century not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strauss has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness. James Hillman Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture. Newsweek In our generation the mythographer who has had the fullest command of the huge scholarly literature, the analytic ability, the lucid prose, and the needed staying power has been Joseph Campbell. Commentary"show more

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