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The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
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Oct 27, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

"Moyers: Why did you call your book The Hero with a Thousand Faces?
Campbell: Because there is a cerain typical hero sequence of actions which can be detected in stories from all over the world and from many periods of history. Essentially, it might even be said there is but one archetypal mythic hero whos life has been replicated in many lands by many, many people. A legendary hero is usually the founder of something- the founder of a new age, the founder of a new religion, the founder of a new city, the founder of a new way of life. In order to found something new, one has to leave the old and go in quest of the seed idea, a germinal idea that will have the potentiality of bringing forth that new thing."
-The Power of Myth

Yet again, I had to rush through this book. It's very methodical and I want to when I can get ahold of it focus on what I'm reading. I like that it's kind of like a history book, where Campbell researched and has quotes from different books and a lot from Sigmund Freud. Weird enough, I even like the way that each of his books feel, it's kind of like a personal introduction to Mythology and different myths. It is the procedure on how each myth is conducted and why certain instances happen.
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