Joseph Campbell, the Arts & Digital Humanities

Bill Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell

With mythic narrative 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, 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.

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:

माया māyā (SKT) - the world illusion:-

The Indian term for illusion is māyā derived from the Sanskrit verbal root to measure, to measure out, to form, to create, exhibit or display. It refers to the power that creates an illusion and the illusion itself. Māyā is experienced as fascination, charm; specifically feminine charm. It is said to possess three powers: a Veiling Power, a Projecting Power and a Revealing Power. Related to the PIE root for moon?

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