Most definitley the quality and faithfulness to the original Television broadcast specials. Originally I watched this series during a Mythology course in High School and have been looking for it ever since.
The conversation between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell comes off as both authentic and organic in approach yet guided enough to provided insight and clarity on the stories, myths and legends gone over.
Joseph Campbell began his mythological fascination with the stories and different cultures of the Native American peoples and it comes across quite strong in those moments of discussion.
As always Joseph Campbell stresses his own personal life philosophy of "Follow Your Bliss" time and time again. While reminding us that these infuential stories and myths are meant to guide and inform not dictate and enforce our life coices.
Truly a phenomenal work from an important scholar. I would recomend this to anyone, both academic professionals and those who are new to Joseph Campbell and critical thought of world mythology.
Moyers and Campbell do a wonderful job of bringing an esoteric subject to the mainstream and making it relevant. It is one of the best programs I've listened to all year (and there are many). I will be searching for more like this.
This is excellent for anyone who may want a history lesson on their religion and to see how they all tie in together!
I purchase this book based on the comments of other readers, but I can tell you after listening to the Power Of mMyth is that there is in fact no power and myth! Campbell seems confused and conflicted at times. He gropes for meaning trying to derive spiritual significance from ritualistic practices of various cultures around the world. But then he also dismisses deity in any form, reducing got to mere mortal traditions or a concept of one's own making. How sad. Campbell seems to find Godlike expression in the traditions of cultures. He jumps around from topic to topic not fully explaining any of them. Many times throughout this book he seems to ramble without continuity. This book is not for those who are seeking the deeper meaning of life. Rather, it is a book of memoirs from Campbell's Reflections which I find somewhat meaningless. I'm giving this two stars instead of one star because there were a couple of good points raised in this book. However I am disappointed that there is not more wisdom presented here.
A lot of great stuff in the power of myth. Just finished it and it's given me some ideas. I want to read more of Campbell because I felt that the discussion (perhaps because of the questions the interviewer kept asking) kept getting away from the shared human experience of myth and becoming a defense of esoteric ideology
I am so glad I found this through reading Sarah Jensen's "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" with Maynard James Keenan. Highly recommend these entrancingly intellectual interviews to anyone with an open mind to the spiritual, the collective consciousness, and seeking the meaning of life.
This book is helpful if you want to understand how interconnected our world truly is...+ to focus onthe similarities of the various faiths instead of the differences...
Getting to hear Campbell and all of his ideas are second to none. Hearing this man and getting to step into his mind is more valuable then people probably think. His translation of hero through story is riveting. I will be listening again and again.
Hearing Campbell stories are the best. The way he breaks down the hero motive is awesome. It gives you a whole new look about the hero of our story. Hearing him and using his work has done worlds for my writing. He gives you insight to what make a hero in our story.
I have listen to other stories and works from both Campbell and Moyers. This is a whole lot different. You get great insight and feel to what makes the person that you hear about in the stories. This in depth story is in a league of its own. Once you hear it you know why.
If you can listen all in one sitting I probably would because I didn't want to stop. The way it is broken up though is great though. It has aloud me to come back and get a info filled segments in just a short time. You can listen to this in section or all at once, you will probably do both in time.
If you are even thinking about getting this or toying with the idea of a listen, listen to it. This book is a great read for anyone and everyone. The ideas and stories in the book should be heard by everyone and can be. There is a lot more to this than you probably think there is. You will be glad you took the time once it is all said and done.