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Reply To: The Grail and Joseph Campbell



Thank you for this post, which strikes such a chord. Despite the recent recognition in popular culture of the “collective hero”  (a fascinating, newly-emergent motif that John Bucher highlighted in a recent MythBlast essay), this nevertheless does not supplant the individual hero-quest.

I don’t have much to add to your thoughts – you say it so well. I will note that, much as I appreciate The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I personally find Creative Mythology Campbell’s most compelling work.

I am also in favor of drawing as much attention as possible to the four posthumous Zimmer volumes Joe compiled and edited; I think of these as proto-Campbell, with a very different tone and voice than that found in the English translation of Zimmer’s Kunstform und Yoga (English title: Artistic Form and Yoga in the Sacred Images of India).