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The masks of God


In this climax to his great series of studies on world mythologies, Joseph Campbell examines a process which he sees as beginning in the mid-twelfth century in the West: an accelerating disintegration' of the orthodox tradition, which has resulted in release for the 'creative powers of a great company of towering individuals.' The natural context of traditional mythology is, he says, a stable society and accepted authority. Creative mythology, on the other hand, is the work of the rebellious, adventurous few, the ...

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