by Sequoia Hamilton, founder of Ojai Writers Workshops
Joseph Campbell, a scholar and world traveler, proposed in his 1949 book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, a basic pattern is found in narratives around the world including those of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ. He called this pattern “The Hero’s Journey.”
Campbell claimed that no matter where we look – from the “dreamlike mumbo jumbo of some red-eyed witch doctor of the Congo … the mystic Lao-tse … the arguments of Aquinas … or a bizarre Eskimo fairy tale” – we can find “a shape-shifting yet constant story” of a hero on a journey.
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