This is excellent for anyone who may want a history lesson on their religion and to see how they all tie in together!
This is actually the discussion between Bill Moyer and Joseph Campbell from the TV program NOW, which Moyer hosted. Recorded in the late 80's, it is still relevant today.
They discuss hero archetypes, myths and how all Myths are a way for a culture to transcend this dimension and how to cope in Society for their time.
Listening to these too chaps is a meditation.
I am not completely impressed as most are by this book. Joseph Campbell is very smart and has dedicated himself to studying the world's religions and mythologies. I was impressed by him but he sure can talk a lot. He has a lot of knowledge and communicates it well. Learning that certain themes recur throughout the world in different cultures was really interesting. Bill Moyers on the other hand was a source of constant interruptions of nonsensical non sequential questions and faulty assumptions. Irritating. Esoteric and arcane, you really have to want to learn about this stuff to get much out of it.
Joseph Campbell is the man. He will change the way you look at everything- culture, your place in your culture, and yourself. His ideas are very accessible and easy to read (listen to) so if youre someone who cant really get into classical philosophy, or happen to be a human being, you need some Campbell in your brain pan.
This is a collection of various interviews with Joseph Campbell. If youve read his work or watched the Mythos series, there wont be anything new here. That said, its easy, thought provoking listening and Im glad I bought it. Just be aware of what it is before you buy it.
One of the very best
Both were wonderful. Campbell the most interesting to my ear