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LEGENDARY AMERICAN SCHOLAR JOSEPH CAMPBELL'S THEORY ON ANCIENT MYTHOLOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS FOR CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

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文教大学
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Keywords
  • Comparative Cultures
  • Ancient Mythologies
  • Sacred Images
  • Hero Archetypes
  • Monomyth
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Science
  • Social Sciences

Abstract

American scholar Joseph Campbell was recognized for deciphering the patterns found in ancient cultural myths that had inspired great explorations in the realm of human consciousness. His lifetime of scholarship is nothing short of stellar, and nothing less than the search for the truth revolving around "radiant living". According to recent academic and journalistic discussions, Campbell's published books are even more compelling in today's ever-changing social and psychological landscapes. His theory on "monomyth" brings us the "aha" moment of realization of what lies in creating our destinies as an individual who may be lost in this confusing world of social change. This involves an inner, soulful contemplation by the hero archetype found in "monomyth". This hero finds courage to face his or her adversities and challenges in life without regret and with resolve. Through Campbell's writings, we can find some spiritual relief in response to our environmental global crisis, worldwide economic and markets fluctuations, and social unrest for religious freedoms in pursuit of democratic ideals within developing countries. For within human existence, these struggles are universal and explained in centuries of mythologies that address the human condition and the discovery of self. This academic paper discusses the potential application of "monomyth" to our everyday lives in facing our personal psychological struggles. Most of the focus would be about Joseph Campbell's extraordinary journey in bringing the mythical sense of the social world and its eternal figures into our every day consciousness from his multiple publications and televised interviews. There will be a section on how Joseph Campbell had interpreted some of the religious mythologies from a worldwide perspective that is relevant today as it was twenty-five years ago.

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