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Masks of God, The: Creative Mythology (Vol. 4)

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This volume explores the whole inner story of modern culture since the Dark Ages, treating modern man's unique position as the creator of his own mythology.

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The Masks of God is a four-volume study of world religion and myth that stands as one of Joseph Campbell's masterworks. On completing it (in this volume in 1968), he wrote:

"Its main result for me has been the confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the race of man, not only in its biology, but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified and turned about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all sections sounding together, irrestibly advancing to some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will emerge."

"In what I am calling 'creative' mythology... the individual has had an experience of his own - of order, horror, beauty, or even mere exhilaration - which he seeks to communicate through signs; and if his realization has been of a certain depth and import, his communication will have the value and force of living myth..."

Author Campbell, Joseph
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 752 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1991
Series The Masks of God
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