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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Mythos Books)

First Princeton/Bollingen Paperback

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Published by Princeton University Press in Princeton, NJ, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

A thoroughly intense and all-embracing read. In the 2-page preface written in 1948, he states such ground-shakingly obvious facts about the human psyche, that you'll wonder why these ideas had never dawned on you before. Then, into the main text of the book, and you're spirited away into an adventure that explores all forms of mythology and their importance in founding different cultures all around the world. But it goes much further than simply reciting tales from the past. The narrative (thoroughly annotated with references to other works) is so reassuring and worldly-wise, that the book is almost impossible to put down. Yet, this author seems to be humble and meek, despite the cavalcade of knowledge and calmly-considered conclusions. At one point, he claims that Buddhism and Hinduism are the best religions because they do not preach that a single figurehead is the goal of your worship, but that these religions simply suggest pathways to enlightenment. Compare Islam, Judaism and Christianity, where a single God is the end to all means. The latter religions are also represented by the most warlike countries! Both authoritative and speculative, this book is the work of a genius. This man really understood how the human mind works. First published 1949.

Table of Contents

Prologue : The Monomyth 1
Part I The Adventure of the Hero 47
Chapter I Departure 49
Chapter II Initiation 97
Chapter III Return 193
Chapter IV The Keys 245
Part II The Cosmogonic Cycle 253
Chapter I Emanations 255
Chapter II The Virgin Birth 297
Chapter III Transformations of the Hero 315
Chapter IV Dissolutions 365
Epilogue : Myth and Society 379

Edition Notes

Series Bollingen
Copyright Date 1949

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Number of pages 464
Dimensions 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
Weight 1.3 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library OL7756429M
ISBN 10 0691017840
ISBN 13 9780691017846
Library Thing 39418
Goodreads 588138

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