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The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
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Oct 15, 07

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Read in October, 2007

An excellent and awesome examination of myths around the world--

In this book, the pioneer of comparative mythology and religion, Joseph Campbell presents his theory of monomyth, delineating the commonality of myths from all over the world and distilling a formula of myth. Though his psychoanalytic method is at times frown-evoking in the same way a creepy, ranting member of an esoteric cult is, it is still wildly informative and enlightening. As a writer, it made me realize the importance of the mythological dimension of our lives, and appreciate the depth of even a simple primitive myth from, say, the Eskimos. Frankly, I'm now so hopelessly fascinated by all kinds of myths that I will be devouring Campbell's mammoth tetralogy, The Mask of God, on top of actual myths themselves.

A great read.

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