Ep. 3: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth — ‘The First Storytellers’

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In the third episode of The Power of Myth, Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell discuss the importance of accepting death as rebirth as in the myth of the buffalo and the story of Christ, rites of passage in primitive societies, the role of mystical Shamans and the decline of ritual in today’s society. In this clip, Campbell explains how ancient myths were designed to “put the mind in accord with the body, and the way of life in accord with the way nature dictates.” As one example, Campbell explains how myths bring humans to understand and accept birth, growth and death.

Released in 1988, The Power of Myth was one of the most popular TV series in the history of public television, and continues to inspire new audiences.


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Learn about The Power of Myth 25th Anniversary Edition DVD and visit the Joseph Campbell Foundation website. Downloadable audio and CDs of The Power of Myth are also available at Highbridge Audio.

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