hero’s journey

Heroic Drama for the World

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

In mid October 2010, as a worldwide audience of over a billion watched in fascination, 33 miners, after spending a record 68 and 69 days trapped in the darkness, were rescued from the ruins of a collapsed mine almost half a mile be­neath the desolate Acapana desert of Chile. The operation went off without a hitch and the triumphant result was hailed everywhere as one of the most inspiring stories in memory. In fact, the saga of Chile’s rescued miners seemed virtually miraculous to all,…

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The Hero’s Journey

BY JULIE GILLENTINE

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”—Ursula K. Le Guin At the beginning of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, (Princeton University Press, 1949 & 1968) arguably Joseph Campbell’s finest book, the author asserts, “It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the Cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” In our time myth is considered to be more like a…

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