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Joseph Campbell Quote: Myths Grounded in the Earth

Scott K

Jun 12 - Year of the Lovers - Ace of Stones

"People whose myths are grounded in nature ground their religion in nature. Those whose myths are grounded in society ground their religion in society. These are radically contrasting attitudes. One divorces you from nature, a nature that is corrupt, and the other unites you with it.

"... [T]he loss of this is one of the disasters of the conquest of the Americas by Western powers. They didn't respect the mystical dimension of the cultures of this land. They didn't respect the land itself. As a result, there is this quality in America of a concrete highway laid across the land. We are just now — especially among the young people with their ecological awareness — just now beginning to have a sense of what the land can tell us, and along with this has come a respect for the American Indians and their myths and teachings and religious rites."

~ Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Cate Miodini in the Fall, 1986 issue of "Anima: An Experiential Journal."

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