Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell:
Transformations of Myth Through Time

Through the Joseph Campbell: Transformations of Myth Through Time course students will learn a great deal about the mythologies that human beings have created over the centuries from a man who made the study of those mythologies his life's work. What makes Joseph Campbell particularly captivating is his ability to make those mythologies relevant to the lives of people living today.

Joseph Campbell, as author, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, is an inspiration to people of all walks of life the world over. This course consists of 14 hour-long programs selected from over 50 hours of Campbell lectures and is introduced by "THE HERO'S JOURNEY," an award-winning biographical film. Through these programs and the accompanying specially prepared academic materials, students will gain a deeper understanding of mythology's role in human history.

The Joseph Campbell: Transformations of Myth Through Time course is a significant resource for the study of mythology. The course draws from classic and recent scholarship about the mythology of the world. Leading scholars have worked to integrate the series with several print components into a rounded course of study that promises to stimulate and challenge faculty as well as students.

Joseph Campbell: Transformations of Myth Through Time helps students…

  • gain an understanding of how myths have been transformed through myriad cultures throughout time
  • learn the relationships among myth, religion, and culture
  • acquire the ability to recognize the underlying similarities of human cultures as well as the wide range of variations
  • recognize and appreciate that there are many equally valid myths and religions and that there have been throughout history


101) The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell
This biographical film profiles Campbell's life's journey in the study of myth. The program forms a foundation for Campbell's thoughts and helps to explain his unique approach to mythology.

102) The In the Beginning: Origins of Man and Myth
Campbell explores the dawn of mankind's mythic consciousness with a study of temple caves from the Paleolithic period. Campbell also introduces the basic concepts in the study of mythology: the role of the shaman, the stages of initiation, and the significance of lunar and solar symbolism.

103) Where People Lived Legends: American Indian Myths
Campbell's telling of the Navaho legend of "Where the Two Came to Their Father" illustrates an American Indian version of the hero's journey and illustrates the relationship of man and nature, a constant theme through time in American Indian cultures.

104) And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea: Gods and Goddesses of the Neolithic Period
This title phrase signaled the beginning of the conquests and invasions of the warrior cultures. Through the artifacts from the Neolithic Period, Campbell traces the ascendance of the warrior cultures of the Gods over the agricultural based Goddesses societies.

105) Pharaoh's Rule: Egypt, the Exodus, and the Myth of Osiris
Campbell's discussion of the burial rituals and Egyptian art of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms reveals the emerging mythological themes of the Near East.

106) The Sacred Source: The Perennial Philosophy of the East
In this lecture, Campbell introduces the Perennial Philosophy of the East and focuses on the Indian tradition from its origins to the end of the Vedic period.

107) The Way to Enlightenment: Buddhism
Campbell introduces stories of Buddha's life and enlightenment to reflect the essence of the Buddhist religion. The different sects of Buddhism are contrasted in their conception of transcendence. Campbell compares Buddhism with Taoism and Confucius and also discusses Buddhism's impact on the ancient West.

108) From Psychology to Spirituality: Kundalini Yoga, Part I
Campbell discusses the purpose and extent of the Tantra system against the background of the Raja theory of Pantanjali. He also presents other types of Yoga.

109) From Psychology to Spirituality: Kundalini Yoga, Part 1I
Through the study of elaborate artwork, Campbell portrays the full Chakra system of Kundalini Yoga and compares it with modem Western psychology and Christian concepts.

110) From Descent to Heaven: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
In this program, Campbell reveals how the art, philosophy and mysticism of the Eastern Way reach a noble expression in the Buddhism of Tibet.

111) From Darkness to Light: The Mystery Religions of Ancient Greece
Through a presentation of beautiful and compelling works of art, Campbell illustrates the myths of ancient Greece. In particular, he tells the story of Persephone and Demeter as the basis for the mystery religions.

112) Where There Was No Path: Arthurian Legends and the Western Way
Campbell traces the wide ranging influence of the Arthurian legends and ties them to the emergence of the warrior-based society. He also illustrates the break with tradition in the tension between honor and love in these legends.

113) A Noble Heart: The Courtly Love of Tristan and Isolde
Campbell tells many tales of the troubadours and courtly love. In his presentation of these tales, he explores the meaning and symbology of the many tests and trials of courtly love.

114) In Search of the Holy Grail: The Parzival Legend
Campbell reveals the changing orientation of Western culture in his discussion of The Grail. In particular, Campbell contrasts the symbology of The Grail as an individual quest versus a holy quest.

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  • Origins of Man and Myth
  • American Indian Myths

  • Gods and Goddesses of The Neolithic

  • Egypt, The Exodus and Myth of Osiris
  • The Perennial Philosophy of The East
  • Buddhism

  • Kundalini Yoga Pt.1
  • Kundalini Yoga Pt.2
  • The Tibetan Book of The Dead

  • Mystery Religions of Ancient Greece
  • Arthurian Legends and Western Way

  • Courtly Love of Tristan and Isolde
  • The Parzival Legend

  • Order Transformations of Myths Through Time

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