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:

ताराtārā (SKT) - goddess of compassion:-

Taras are goddessess of compassion that are each said to be a personification of a tear of divine compassion. There are references of up to twenty one different taras who are differentiated, in the first instance, by colour. ie. the White Tara, Green Tara etc. It may be noteworthy that in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Isabel falls to earth as a singult tear and the names of her twenty eight companions are all colours.
The Sanskrit title has two meanings: saviour and star. In the first sense it derives from the Sanskrit root tr?, which means to cross, traverse (river etc) to transport, surpass or overcome; also to liberate and to escape. In the latin noun ter-minus, boundary, limit, terminal, term the emphasis is shifted, the Roman deity Terminus, presided over boundaries.
The second sense, star, is derived from the Sanskrit root, str?, which means to scatter, expand or spread out and is related to the English star, aster and strew.

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