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Kālī Astride Śiva and Śava (watercolor, India, c. 1740 a.d. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

I love those moments in which Joseph Campbell, the world-class scholar of myth, also becomes a story-teller, often drawing a line of Native American wisdom. In The Flight of the Wild Gander, he opens the...

Navaho sand painting to a Blessing Chant. New Mexico, c. 1950

[caption id="attachment_19386" align="alignleft" width="200"] Navaho sand painting to a Blessing Chant. New Mexico, c. 1950[/caption] In his 1986 publication The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Campbell turns to a Navaho sand painting of a Blessing...

Once heroes have endured the longest nights and defeated the mightiest monsters, once they have stared death in the face and survived to tell the tale, their journey is by no means over.  What may...

What the holy grail symbolizes is the highest spiritual fulfillment of a human life [...] It has to do with overcoming the same temptations that the Buddha overcame: attachment to this, and that, or the...

Looking at my life, I cannot escape a basic fact: my individual existence is enmeshed in the life of the collective—not only my immediate family and friends, but in the larger institutions and systems that...

Mexico, Aztec, first–second century A.D. Teotihuacan - Pyramid of the Sun. Photo: Joel Bedford via Flickr.com. Creative Commons Logo Used under a Creative Commons: Attribution license.

[caption id="attachment_17201" align="alignright" width="300"] Teotihuacan - Pyramid of the Sun (Mexico, Aztec, first–second century A.D.Photo: Joel Bedford via Flickr.com. Creative Commons Logo Used under a Creative Commons: Attribution license.[/caption] Many years from now, at the...

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