myth


Random quote of the day:

“When people are very different from ourselves, it’s easy to believe they’ll believe anything. We may often misinterpret the things we hear, choosing readings that make that culture seem more exotic and different. [Perhaps] scientific explanations that try to account for some ambiguous indigenous concepts that are hard to understand can actually end up inventing whole belief systems for indigenous peoples that just aren’t real. Not all fantastical sounding language is magic; sometimes it’s just ordinary.”

—Chi Luu, “What We Lose When We Lose Indigenous Knowledge,” JSTOR Daily, October 16, 2019
( https://daily.jstor.org/daily-author/chi-luu/ )

“The Legend of the Firewolf. Maybe.” ( https://pjthompson.dreamwidth.org/1562384.html )

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“Mythology is ancient psychology and psychology is recent mythology.”

—James Hillman, The Dream and the Underworld

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“There is a presumed center to a labyrinth, and if we think of the universe as a labyrinth, as Borges did, then it must have a center, even if that center is horrible, or demonic, like the half-beast, half-human Minotaur, which was confined at the center of the mythic labyrinth Daedulus built for King Minos on the ancient island kingdom of Crete. It is nonetheless a center; and if we believe in it, we at least can believe in a chance for some kind of meaning. And we can at least hope that the center is holy, is divine. If there is no center at all, then the universe is chaos and we are up a river of shit with no philosophical paddle.”

—Chuck Kinder, Last Mountain Dancer

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“Heroes in moments of crisis are said to hear “angel voices” telling them what to do next… And if you swap the word “instinct” for “angel-voice,” you come close to the more psychologically-minded mythographers: that myths are fragments of the soul-life of Early Man.”

—Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines

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“Some folks say there are places and moments where eternity breaks into time, and that is where we find the places that are sacred to us and the myths we can’t abide by. Mythology, and its sacred primordial dreamtime, can be a vehicle of religious experience, some folks say. Some folks say that the mythic past and the mystic present are equally timeless.”

—Chuck Kinder, Last Mountain Dancer

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Random quote of the day:

“Imagination is independent and autonomous; it precedes and underpins mere perception; and it spontaneously produces those images—gods, daimons and heroes—who interact in the unauthorized narratives we call myths.”

—Patrick Harpur, The Philosophers’ Secret Fire

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“No, mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth—penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words, beyond images, beyond the founding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. So this is the penultimate truth.”

—Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth

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“History is present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.”

—E. L. Doctorow, The Paris Review, Issue 101, Winter 1986

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“In the beginning was the myth. God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls of Hindus, Greeks, and Germans with poetic shapes and continues to invest each child’s soul with poetry every day.”

—Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind (tr. Michael Roloff)

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“Many myths, sacred stories, and rituals are attempts to recreate a sense of stillness.”

—Swami Chetanananda, “Stillness,” Parabola, Vol. XVII, No. 3, Fall 1992

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