Joseph Campbell, the Arts & Digital Humanities

Bill Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell

With comparative mythology as the loom, so to speak, Joseph Campbell's scholarly corpus provides a blueprint for how the various fields of the humanities can be woven together to reveal a rich narrative tapestry of the emergence of humanity. This website follows Campbell's approach to mythic narrative, marrying the traditional arts-humanities with some innovative methods of the digital humanities, to uncover new insights and give fresh perspectives on the relationship between culture and consciousness. T. G. Dolan

Mythology is central to all Campbell's work. But can myth have any relevance in today's world? In the second episode of the Power of Myth series Campbell gives an answer.

Formerly the official site of the JCF Mythological RoundTable® Group of Dublin, events for this group can now be found at meetup.com/Odysseans. Selected events are highlighted on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JCF.MRT.DUB The Joseph Campbell Foundation is the custodian of Campbell's legacy and can be found at www.jcf.org

Interactive Timemaps

Interactive Timemaps provide an interesting way to index and access information. Maps for covering the period of Celtic Christianity in the First Millennium and Paleolithic Sites in Europe are well advanced.

The Book of Kells provides some marvelously illustrated pages dense with symbolism which we will have to review. Until then we have posted some of its finest illustrated pages online.
Also see: The Art of the Scribes

Fairy Tales

Mythology is a bit like maya, it both illuminates and obscures. Myths are typically written by an elite and then engaged with by the populace through ritual.

Fairy tales on the other hand come from different sources and one of these is the folk psyche. They can be eloquent of unconscious processes in the collective-psyche of the populace.
New Section: Fairy Tales.

Word Sleuth:

ताराtārā (SKT) - goddess of compassion:-

Taras are goddessess of compassion that are each said to be a personification of a tear of divine compassion. There are references of up to twenty one different taras who are differentiated, in the first instance, by colour. ie. the White Tara, Green Tara etc. It may be noteworthy that in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Isabel falls to earth as a singult tear and the names of her twenty eight companions are all colours.
The Sanskrit title has two meanings: saviour and star. In the first sense it derives from the Sanskrit root tr?, which means to cross, traverse (river etc) to transport, surpass or overcome; also to liberate and to escape. In the latin noun ter-minus, boundary, limit, terminal, term the emphasis is shifted, the Roman deity Terminus, presided over boundaries.
The second sense, star, is derived from the Sanskrit root, str?, which means to scatter, expand or spread out and is related to the English star, aster and strew.

Title: The Mythic Image - Authors: Joseph Campbell - Pub: Princeton-Bollingen - ISBN: 0-691-01839-1