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The Power of Myth

From ancient myths to Han Solo

By Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
13-minute read
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The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers

The Power of Myth (1988) clarifies the origins, evolution and meaning of myths. By comparing stories from different cultures, myth-master Joseph Campbell demonstrates how myths give clarity to universal notions of life, love and death. As spirituality declines in Western culture, he explains that myths are more important than ever, as they help us understand the human experience.

  • Humanities students or professors
  • Writers, storytellers, scriptwriters or anyone interested in the creation of myth
  • Spiritualists or religious thinkers curious about the role of myth in religion

American mythologist, lecturer and author Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was best known for his exhaustive research and insight into comparative mythology and comparative religion. His best-known works, The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Masks of God, valued by scholars as well as storytellers, influenced films such as Star Wars. The Power of Myth was the companion book to a documentary that aired in the United States.

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