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:

*weghos (PIE) - way,path:-

The old PIE root is manifested in English way and German weg. However if we look eastwards, in Sanskrit we have marga. About which, discussing the difference between temporal art and the religious iconography of India's myriad gods and goddesses, Joseph Campbell writes:

In contrast to the figures in works of secular art (desi) they [images of the gods] open the mind to brahman and are know themselves, as the path or the way (marga). The sanskrit marga is derived from mrg, to hunt (by following the track of an animal through the forest to its lair), the animal to be found through contemplation of the image of a god being, of course, that indwelling golden person (purusha) which is one's own eternal portion. (The Way of the Seeded Earth vol1 p29)
Further east we find the notion in Chinese tao or dao, The Way, a comprehensive philosophy of life which unlike the introverted philosophies of India is very much imbued with awe at the physical wonder of the world. Further east again in Japan the word reverts again to many different paths with the word   - dō . It retains its abstract sense and can be found in the names of many disciplines such as Bushidō 武士道 - the Way of the Warrior; Chadō 茶道 - the Way of Tea; Jūdō  柔道  -the Gentle Way; Kendo 剣道  - the Way of the Sword, Aikidō 合気道 - roughly, the Way of Harmonising (with) Life Energy. The indigenous Japanese pantheistic religion is called Shinto 神道, roughly, the way of the spirit/s.
The dash and lower part of the character denotes movement and the right part of the character denotes chief/main. So the kanji in its most prosaic sense means main road.

Title: A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters - Authors: Kenneth G. Henshall - Pub: Charles E.Tuttle Company - ISBN: 4-8053-0509-6
Title: The Way of the Seeded Earth I - The Sacrifice - Authors: Joseph Campbell - Pub: Perennial Library - ISBN: 0-06-096350-6
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