As our ancestors turned from hunting to planting, did their stories about life’s mysteries change too? Joseph Campbell suggests that the seed, instead of the animal, became the symbol of life, death and resurrection. The plant died, was buried, and its seed born again.
Are there stories of the transition to Agriculture in Irish mythic tales?
Illustrated Talk, film clips, & discussion-
Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell discuss special places…Delphi, Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, Jerusalem…. But some early societies saw the whole earth as a sacred place ….”It was a geography not of city and nation-states, but of sacred places, the realm of the mythic imagination“.
Joseph Campbell studied the relationship of myth to landscape, but he often reminded his students, “You don’t have to go on a pilgrimage to find your own sacred place, to nourish your creative imagination.”
Walking in an ancient land...a portal to the mythic mind?
Ireland too has a mythic geography…at Newgrange, Tara, Loughcrew, Carrowkeel, Uisneach, Croagh Patrick, and elsewhere…ritual landscapes, created more than 5000 years ago, formed the foundation of subsequent cultural landscapes.
Landscapes of memory, an invisible web….
The culture that created Irish myths is strongly rooted in the landscape … connected to stories, marked by rivers, plains and high places .
Harvest of the Seasons – Space, Place, and the Creative Life –
Can we invoke and evoke Ireland? and also find inspiration in the legacy of Joseph Campbell… from the way of art, to the artist’s way..
Exploring the Power of Myth past & present – Thurs 06 October –
The Power of Myth was one of the most popular TV series of American public television, and continues to inspire audiences and creative artists worldwide. In the fourth episode, Moyers and Campbell discuss the role of sacrifice in myth — and the need for all of us to find our sacred places in today’s fast-paced world. https://player.vimeo.com/video/62379213“>CLIP –
Where can heroism can be witnessed in modern society?
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