Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Season 1 Episode 6

The Masks of Eternity

Aired Unknown Jun 26, 1988 on PBS
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The Masks of Eternity
This final hour is filmed in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, unlike the rest which were filmed at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Campbell uses images from art history to demonstrate the concept of spiritual unity giving birth to the world of duality. Also, he demonstrates the knowledge that ancient peoples had that their images were not the god itself, but only a mask which was used to make the transcendant visible. He describes the failure of reading metaphor as fact, and mistaking the mask for the real thing, and how this tendency has shaped the world around us.moreless

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