Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell

It is my pleasure to present Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, a six-part documentary originally broadcast on PBS in 1988. It consists of six one-hour conversations between mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) and journalist Bill Moyers.

The first five hour-long interviews were filmed at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California, with the sixth interview conducted at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

In these conversations, Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society. The talks include excerpts from Campbell’s signature work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This six-hour documentary was later presented in a book, The Power of Myth, which has been re-edited and updated for the spring fund drive on PBS.

The italicized descriptions of each video are from Wikipedia.



NOTE: The Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) respectfully asked me to remove these videos due to copyright issues. However, you can click here to watch excerpts on the JCF YouTube channel.



JOSEPH CAMPBELL: THE POWER OF MYTH
EPISODE 1 OF 6—THE HERO’S ADVENTURE

(first broadcast June 21, 1988 on PBS)
About Campbell, hero types, hero deeds, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, movie heroes, Star Wars as a metaphor, an Iroquois story: the refusal of suitors, dragons, dreams and Jungian psychology, “follow your bliss,” consciousness in plants, Gaia, Chartres cathedral, spirituality vs. economics, emerging myths, “Earthrise” as a symbol.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: THE POWER OF MYTH
EPISODE 2 OF 6—THE MESSAGE OF THE MYTH

(first broadcast June 22, 1988 on PBS)
Creation myths, transcending duality, pairs of opposites, God vs. Nature, sin, morality, participation in sorrow, the Gospel of Thomas, Old Time Religion, computers, religion as “software,” the story of Indra: “What a great boy am I!,” participation in society.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: THE POWER OF MYTH
EPISODE 3 OF 6—THE FIRST STORYTELLERS

(first broadcast June 23, 1988 on PBS)
Animal memories, harmonization with body and life-cycle, consciousness vs. its vehicle, killing for food, story: “The Buffalo’s Wife,” buffalo massacre, initiation ritual, rituals diminishing, crime increasing, artists, the Shaman, the center of the world.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: THE POWER OF MYTH
EPISODE 4 OF 6—SACRIFICE AND BLISS

(first broadcast June 24, 1988 on PBS)
Chief Seattle, the sacred Earth, agricultural renewal, human sacrifice, sacrifice of the Mass, transcendence of death, story: “The Green Knight,” societal dictates vs. following bliss, “hidden hands” guiding life’s work.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: THE POWER OF MYTH
EPISODE 5 OF 6—LOVE AND THE GODDESS

(first broadcast June 25, 1988 on PBS)
The Troubadours, Eros, romantic love, Tristan, libido vs. credo, separation from love, Satan, loving your enemy, the Crucifixion as atonement, virgin birth, the story of Isis, Osiris and Horus, the Madonna, the Big Bang, the correlation between the earth or mother Goddess and images of fertility (the sacred feminine).

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: THE POWER OF MYTH
EPISODE 6 OF 6—MASKS OF ETERNITY

(first broadcast June 26, 1988 on PBS)
Identifying with the infinite, the circle as a symbol, clowns and masks, epiphanies and James Joyce, artistic arrest, the monstrous as sublime, the dance of Shiva, that which is beyond words.







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