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Encyclopedia > The Power of Myth
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Genre Documentary
Starring Joseph Campbell
Bill Moyers
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6
Production
Running time 360 minutes (60 minutes per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Original run June 21, 1988June 26, 1988
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The Power of Myth is a book and six part television documentary first broadcast on PBS in 1988 as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. The documentary comprises six one-hour conversations between mythologist Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 31, 1987) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. ... Bill Moyers Bill D. Moyers (born June 5, 1934 as Billy Don Moyers) is an American journalist and socialist public commentator. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 31, 1987) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. ... Bill Moyers Bill D. Moyers (born June 5, 1934 as Billy Don Moyers) is an American journalist and socialist public commentator. ...

Contents

Background

The interviews were filmed at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch during the final two summers of Campbell's life (the series was broadcast on television a year after his death). In these discussions, Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society. These talks include excerpts from Campbell's seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces. George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Skywalker Ranch is the name of the well-disguised workplace of film director and producer George Lucas in secluded but open country near Nicasio, California. ... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from μυολογείν mythologein to relate myths, from μύος mythos, meaning a narrative, and λόγος logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and... The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) is the seminal work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. ...


The documentary

The documentary, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth has six episodes:

  • Episode 1: The Hero's Adventure (first aired 6/21/1988 on PBS)

About Campbell, hero types, hero deeds, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, movie heroes, Star Wars as a metaphor, an Iroquois story: the refusal of suitors, dragons, dreams and Jungian psychology, “follow your bliss,” consciousness in plants, Gaia, Chartres cathedral, spirituality vs. economics, emerging myths, “Earthrise” as a symbol Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Heroine (female hero) redirects here. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Media:Example. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... The Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee, also known as the League of Peace and Power, Five Nations, or Six Nations) is a group of First Nations/Native Americans. ... Jungian psychology refers to a school of psychology originating in the ideas of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and advanced by many other thinkers who followed in his tradition. ... The Cathedral of Chartres (Cathedral of Our Lady in Chartres, French: Cathédrale Notre_Dame de Chartres), located in Chartres, about 50 miles from Paris, is considered the finest example in all France of the high Gothic style of architecture. ...

  • Episode 2: The Message of the Myth (first aired 6/22/1988 on PBS)

Creation myths, transcending duality, pairs of opposites, God vs. Nature, sin, morality, participation in sorrow, the Gospel of Thomas, Old Time Religion, computers, religion as “software,” the story of Indra: “What a great boy am I!,” participation in society Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Creation beliefs and stories describe how the universe, the Earth, life, and/or humanity came into being. ... Indra (Sanskrit: इन्द्र or इंद्र, indra) is the god of weather and war, and lord of Svargaloka in Hinduism. ...

  • Episode 3: The First Storytellers (first aired 6/23/1988 on PBS)

Animal memories, harmonization with body and life-cycle, consciousness vs. its vehicle, killing for food, story: “The Buffalo's Wife,” buffalo massacre, initiation ritual, rituals diminishing, crime increasing, artists, the Shaman, the center of the world Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ...

  • Episode 4: Sacrifice and Bliss (first aired 6/24/1988 on PBS)

Chief Seattle, the sacred Earth, agricultural renewal, human sacrifice, sacrifice of the Mass, transcendence of death, story: “The Green Knight,” societal dictates vs. following bliss, “hidden hands” guiding life's work Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Chief Seattle Chief Seattle (also Sealth, Seathl or See-ahth) (c. ...

  • Episode 5: Love and the Goddess (first aired 6/25/1988 on PBS)

The Troubadours, Eros, romantic love, Tristan, libido vs. credo, separation from love, Satan, loving your enemy, the Crucifixion as atonement, the Goddess, the Earth-mother, virgin birth, the story of Isis, Osiris and Horus, the Madonna, the Big Bang Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... A troubadour composing lyrics, Germany c. ... Look up eros, Eros, EROS in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tristan and Iseult as depicted by Herbert Draper (1864 -1920). ... For other uses, see Satan (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Isis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. ... Typical depiction of Osiris Osiris (Greek language, also Usiris; the Egyptian language name is variously transliterated Asar, Aser, Ausar, Wesir, or Ausare) is the Egyptian god of life, death, and fertility. ... This page is about the Egyptian deity. ... Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (c. ... According to the Big Bang model, the universe emerged from an extremely dense and hot state. ...

  • Episode 6: Masks of Eternity (first aired 6/26/1988 on PBS)

Identifying with the infinite, the circle as a symbol, clowns and masks, epiphanies and James Joyce, artistic arrest, the monstrous as sublime, the dance of Shiva, that which is beyond words Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Circle illustration This article is about the shape and mathematical concept of circle. ... Clowns Clowns are stereotypically characterized by their colored afro wigs, stylistic makeup, outlandish costumes, and unusually large footwear. ... Papierkrattler masks at the Narrensprung 2005 Carnival parade, Ravensburg Germany A mask is a piece of material or kit, usually worn on the face. ... James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (Irish Séamus Seoighe; 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish writer, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ... This article is about the deity Shiva. ...

Title The Power of Myth
Author Joseph Campbell
Bill Moyers
Betty Sue Flowers (ed.)
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Non-Fiction
Publisher Doubleday
Released 1988
ISBN ISBN 0-385-24774-5 (paperback)

Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 31, 1987) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. ... Bill Moyers Bill D. Moyers (born June 5, 1934 as Billy Don Moyers) is an American journalist and socialist public commentator. ... Betty Sue Flowers is the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and a Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. ... In political geography and international politics a country is a geographical entity, a territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... The barcode of an ISBN . ...

The book

The companion book for the series, The Power of Myth, (Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, and editor Betty Sue Flowers) was released in 1988 at the same time the series aired on PBS. In the editor's note to The Power of Myth, Flowers credits Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as "the Doubleday editor, whose interest in the ideas of Joseph Campbell was the prime mover in the publication of this book." The book follows the format of the documentary and provides additional discussions not included in the original six hour release. Betty Sue Flowers is the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and a Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. ... Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of John F. Kennedy from 1953 to 1963 and was known as Jacqueline Kennedy or Jackie Kennedy. ... Doubleday is one of the largest book publishing companies in the world. ...


Chapters

  1. "Myth and the Modern World"
  2. "The Journey Inward"
  3. "The First Storytellers"
  4. "Sacrifice and Bliss"
  5. "The Hero's Adventure"
  6. "The Gift of the Goddess"
  7. "Tales of Love and Marriage"
  8. "Masks of Eternity"

fantastic story, really loved ch5 very sad. love to read it again one day. Liola-Lala!--121.44.113.78 08:32, 22 May 2007 (UTC)L.lWWc


Star Wars

In the first episode of the series, The Hero's Adventure, [1] and the fifth chapter of the book, "The Hero's Adventure," Moyers and Campbell discuss George Lucas's claim that Campbell's work directly influenced the creation of the Star Wars films. Moyers and Lucas filmed an interview 12 years later in 1999, modeled after The Power of Myth. It was called the Mythology of Star Wars with George Lucas & Bill Moyers and further discussed the impact of Campbell's work on Lucas' films [2]. George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s. ...


The Goddess

In the fifth episode of the series, Love and the Goddess (Chapter 6: "The Gift of the Goddess" in the book) [3] Campbell discusses the correlation between the earth or mother Goddess and images of fertility, a concept also referred to as the sacred feminine. Statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture A goddess is a female deity, in contrast with a male deity known as a god. Many cultures have goddesses. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with goddess. ...


See also

This article is about the book and documentary on Joseph Campbell. ...

References

Book:

CD Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 31, 1987) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. ... Betty Sue Flowers is the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and a Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. ...

  • Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (2001). Penguin/Highbridge, ISBN 1-56511-510-4.

DVD:

  • Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (2001). Bonus Interview with George Lucas on Mythology from The Mythology of Star Wars, Mystic Fire Video.

External links

  • SF Chronicle review
  • tv.com
  • Powell's review (book)

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Power of Myth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
"The Power of Myth" was a six part mini-series first broadcast on PBS in 1988 as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers).
The companion book for the series, The Power of Myth, (Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, and editor, Betty Sue Flowers) was also published in 1988.
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is composed of six interviews (each an hour long) between Moyers and Campbell.
Myths and Mythology: The Power of Myth (3033 words)
The Power of Myth is drawn from a series of interviews done in 1985 and 1986 and first shown on public television in 1988, about six months after Campbell's death.
For Campbell, the "power of myth" is the power of metaphor and poetry to capture the imaginations of individuals and societies.
The old myth of the dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history.
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