"Are myths just foolish old stories believed by the gullible and the superstitious? Or do they still exert a powerful pull on our minds and in our lives? In this classic PBS series, renowned teacher and storyteller Joseph Campbell joins Bill Moyers in exploring the meaning myths have in our daily lives. Each of the six episodes focuses on a character or theme found in mythologies of various cultures and religions. In his lively discussions with Moyers, Campell argues eloquently that these timeless archetypes continue to exert a powerful pull on our unconscious. Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is essential viewing for anyone old enough to appreciate its vital teachings.
One of the greatest interviews ever recorded, this six-part, six-hour encounter between teacher- mythologist Campbell and student-journalist Bill Moyers (recorded in the two years preceding Campbell's death in 1988) covers a galaxy of topics related to Campbell's central themes: Mythology is humanity's universal method of seeking the transcendental, and "follow your bliss" is the timeless formula for spiritual satisfaction. Campbell himself is the embodiment of these themes, an erudite scholar and quintessential storyteller, recalling a wide spectrum of myths from throughout history (Japanese, Native American, Egyptian, Mayan, and many more) to illustrate humankind's eternal quest to grasp the mysteries of creation. Historical artifacts and illustrations bring these timeless stories to life.
Campbell's seemingly endless well of knowledge reaches a simple conclusion: we need myths to survive like we need oxygen to breathe, as a life force with which to understand our existence--past, present, and future. " --Jeff Shannon
The Power of Myth 1of6 The Heroes Adventure
The Power of Myth 2of6 Message of the Myth
The Power of Myth 3of6 The First Storytellers
The Power of Myth 4of6 Sacrifice & Bliss
The Power of Myth 5of6 Love & the Goddess
The Power of Myth 6of6 Masks of Eternity
Part 4: Sacrifice & Bliss – Campbell discusses the role of sacrifice in myth, which symbolizes the necessity for rebirth. He also talks about the significance of sacrifice...in particular, a mother's sacrifice for her child, and the sacrifice to the relationship in marriage...and stresses the need for every one of us to find our sacred place in the midst of today's fast-paced, technological world.
Video Codec: Xvid
Video Bitrate: ~1550 kbps
Video Resolution: 576x432
Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio Codec: AC-3
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Audio Channels: Monophonic
RunTime Per Part: ~57 mins
Number Of Parts: 6
Part Size: 700 mb
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