Four tales using Joseph Campbell's narrative method

We look at and have some fun with some of the narratives that Campbell mentioned in his works. This meetup is in collaboration with Mythic Links as we're using their venue and timeslot. There is a nice bar for a chat afterwards for anyone that makes it along.

  1. Male-Female Dynamic: Jouney into Africa

Staring with a rock engraving in the Sahara desert we will follow a thread that suggests that Wolfram Von Escehnbach’s tale of Perceval and his quest for the Holy Grail might need to be rebalanced to say more about his true love, Condwiramurs.

  1. The Animal Master: Journey into the Palaeolithic

The meaning of this motif which appears to have its origin in the Paleolithic, and yet can still appear in a Christian Church, has changed over the millennia. We will start in the Middle Ages and follow several threads back all the way to the painted caves of France.

  1. Emain Macha: Journey into Iron Age Ireland

In 95BC a unique and mysterious ritual took place at Emain Macha of which the remaining mound is the testament. Archaeology has left us a decent description of the original building and setting. We will use mythology and ritual to try and fathom what the ritual was and what it meant.

  1. Taotie and Kirtimuka: the Self Consuming Mystery that is life.

The Taotie is a stylised feline monster that appears on Shang Dynasty bronze incense burners. The Kirtimuka (Face of Glory) is a somewhat similar motif that appears over the entrance to Hindu temples. What do they mean? And why does the great God Shiva say of it: No one who fails to worship you will ever obtain my grace.

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  • Tony D.

    Great audience participation at the end, with a bunch of interesting comments and questions.

    October 19, 2012

  • Tony D.

    I was hoping to organise a Saturday trip before the above talk (Oct. 6th) and will post in the next week or so if this is feasible. As always all suggestions/comments welcome.

    September 15, 2012

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