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The Masks of God
Volume 1: Primitive Mythology
by Joseph Campbell

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Table of Contents

Foreword: On the Completion of The Masks of God

Prologue: Toward a Natural History of Gods and Heroes

I. The Lineaments of a New Science

II. The Well of the Past

III. The Dialogue of Scholarship and Romance

PART ONE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MYTH

Introduction: The Lesson of the Mask

Chapter 1. The Enigma of the Inherited Image

I. The Innate Releasing Mechanism

II. The Supernormal Sign Stimulus

Chapter 2. The Imprints of Experience

I. Suffering and Rapture

II. The Structuring Force of Life on Earth

III. The Impairments of Early Infancy

IV. The Spontaneous Animism of Childhood

V. The System of Sentiments of the Local Group

VI. The Impact of Old Age

PART TWO: THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE PRIMITIVE PLANTERS

Chapter 3. The Culture Province of the High Civilizations

I. The Proto-Neolithic: c. 7500-5500 B.C.

II. The Basal Neolithic: c. 5500-4500 B.C.

III. The High Neolithic: c. 4500-3500 B.C.

IV. The Hieratic City-State: c. 3500-2500 B.C.

Chapter 4. The Province of the Immolated Kings

I. The Legend of the Destruction of Kash

II. A Night of Shehrzad

III. The King, and the Virgin of the Vestal Fire

Chapter 5. The Ritual Love-Death

I. The Descent and Return of the Maiden

II. The Mythological Event

III. Persephone

IV. The Monster Eel

V. Parallelism or Diffusion

VI. The Ritual Love-Death in Pre-Columbian America

PART THREE: THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE PRIMITIVE HUNTERS

Chapter 6. Shamanism

I. The Shaman and the Priest

II. Shamanistic Magic

III. The Shamanistic Vision

IV. The Fire-Bringer

Chapter 7. The Animal Master

I. The Legend of the Buffalo Dance

II. Paleolithic Mythology

III. The Ritual of the Returned Blood

Chapter 8. The Paleolithic Caves

I. The Shamans of the Great Hunt

II. Our Lady of the Mammoths

III. The Master Bear

IV. The Mythologies of the Two Worlds

PART FOUR: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF MYTH

Chapter 9. Mythological Thresholds of the Paleolithic

I. The Stage of Plesianthropus ( 600,000 B.C.)

II. The Stage of Pithecanthropus ( 400,000 B.C.)

III. The Stage of Neanderthal Man (c. 200,000-75,000/25,000 B.C.)

IV. The Stage of Cro-Magnon Man (c. 30,000-10,000 B.C.)

V. The Caspian-Microlithic Style (c. 30,0000/10,000-4,000 B.C.)

Chapter 10. Mythological Thresholds of the Neolithic

I. The Great Serpent of the Earliest Planters (c. 7500 B.C.?)

II. The Birth of Civilization in the Near East (c. 7500-2500 B.C.)

III. The Great Diffusion

Conclusion: The Functioning of Myth

I. The Local Images and the Universal Way

II. The Bondages of Love, Power, and Virtue

III. The Release from Bondage


Contents (C) 2006 James Baquet
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