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Myth is visionary

My idea is that the basic thing about myth is that it is visionary. A mythology is a system of “affect-symbols,” signs evoking and directing psychic energies. Levy-Strauss is saying something like verbal grammar is the structuring form of myth, and this seems to me just wrong, that’s all. The logic of image-thinking and of verbal thinking are two very different logics.

-- Joseph Campbell

“Living Myths: A Conversation with Joseph Campbell,” Parabola, Volume I Issue 2, Spring 1976, p. 70

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