Winter 2015

Aron Hegarty, the storyteller
The Storyteller, Aron Hegarty
15thth Dec 2015 in the GCR

We finished the year in style with the storyteller Aron Hegarty braved the many floods as he made his way from Sligo. He told many tales of myth and fairy tale. We recorded the shortest of these The Brewery of Eggshells. We look forward to many more such evenings.

Autumn 2015

The Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) successfully completed is fundraising campaign. The redesign of the website and the publication of more Campbell materials should now follow quickly.

Summer 2015

The Trinity Mythfest in June was a delight. It turned out to consist of a series of mostly outdoor events dramatising mythic tales. The tales were given a comedic twist by the DU Players and were hilarious. Six photo albums of the different enactments at: facebook.com/JCF.MRT.DUB give a good flavour of the proceedings. Their take on The Brown Bull of Cooley was my personal favourite.

In May some of us stayed at the Caraiosa Centre run by Brendan and Helen Doherty while attending the spectacular Uisneach Fire Festival. A superbly run event. For a full complement of photos of the festival see our meetup.com/odysseans or facebook.com/JCF.MRT.DUB websites.

Breakfast at Caraiosa
Trinity Mythfest 3-7th June 2015
The Brown Bull of Cooley

Winter 2015

The Theatre of War symposium at the Abbey Theatre was again a resounding success. The most interesting aspect was the highlighting of, mostly young, women directors from troubled spots around the world who use theatre to make a difference in traumatised communities, often in the most difficult of circumstances.

Word Sleuth:

dhárma (SKT) - moral duty.:-

In contrast to the oriental idea of marga (SKT) or tao (CH), the Way, there is the more prevalent, and constraining, notion of dhárma, or moral duty. In India this idea depends on a person's age, class, occupation, and gender.
It is a derivation from Proto-Indo-Iranian root *dhar- ("to fasten, to support, to hold"), in turn reflecting Proto-Indo-European root *dher- ("to hold"). Etymologically it is related to Avestan √dar- ("to hold"), Old Persian √dar-("to hold, have"), Latin frēnum ("rein, horse tack"), Lithuanian derė́ti ("to be suited, fit") and Lithuanian dermė (agreement), darna ("harmony").
Further east in China and Japan the best equivalent would probably be the character for law,. In Japanese this can be used to denote the Budda's Law, 仏法 (bupou) or secular law, 法 律 (houritsu). The character combines water (three dashes on left) with container and has connotations of watertight container. This notion was extended to mean restraint of human behavior and is also found for instance in the word for grammar, 文法 (bunpou).
(Rather nullifying the above line of thought, in Oriental Mythology p23-5, J.Campbell equates dhárma with Tao as a conception of how the universe works.

And as the Tao Te Ching has said of the tao, so say the Indians of dhárma: its yonder side is beyond definition; its hither side is the mother, support and bearer of all things.

Title: A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters - Authors: Kenneth G. Henshall - Pub: Charles E.Tuttle Company - ISBN: 4-8053-0509-6
Title: The Masks of God - Oriental Mythology - Authors: Joseph Campbell - Pub: Arkana - ISBN: 0-14-019442-8
Title: Wikipedia Articles - Authors: Various - Pub: Wikipedia, - ISBN: n/a