One of the greatest things to ever be filmed.  This is a six part series on the life’s work of Joseph Campbell. Exploring mythology, symbolism, psychology, theological philosophy, spirituality, the meaning of life – it’s all here.

For Joseph Campbell, the study of myth was the exploration of the possibilities of consciousness. His lifetime of scholarship was nothing less than the search for the Holy Grail of radiant living. The dialog between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers that became The Power of Myth broadcast on PBS in 1988, shortly after Campbell’s death and became one of the most popular series in the history of public television.

Watch Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth Series

The episodes are as following:

1. EP01 – The Hero’s Adventure

Examines our relationship with heroism; heroism as an integral part of all world cultures. Campbell challenges us to see the heroic journey on our lives.

2. EP02 – The Message of the Myth

Campbell compares creation stories (Genesis, other religions). And how we are stuck with myths that may not meet our needs.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – Episode 02 – The Message of Myth

3. EP03 – The First Storytellers

Discusses the importance of accepting death as rebirth as in the story of Christ or the myth of the buffalo, the rite of passage in primitive societies, the role of mystical Shamans, and the decline of ritual in today’s society.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – Episode 03 The First Storytellers

4. EP04 – Sacrifice and Bliss

Examines the role of sacrifice in myth, which symbolizes the necessity for rebirth. Stresses the need for everyone of us to find our sacred place in the midst of today’s fast-paced, technological world.

5. EP05 – Love and the Goddess

Campbell talks about romantic love, beginning with the 12th century troubadours, and addresses questions about the image of women — as goddess, virgin, Mother Earth.

6. EP06 – Masks of Eternity

Campbell provides insights into the concepts of God, religion and eternity, as revealed in Christian teachings and the beliefs of Buddhists, Navajo Indians, Schopenhauer, Jung, and others.

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

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  • Ah! Yes. Thanks for pulling all these together! Just added The Power of Myth to the Bookshelf of my site and will be linking to your collection here of the video interviews. I find again and again we’re discovering the same things. Keep spreading the understanding, Ethan

  • Hi Sam, I just noticed that the video’s ain’t available anymore?

    Keep sharing the goodness brother

    Much love


    • Sam Austin

      Yeah the Joseph Campbell Foundation is unfortunately very archaic in their approach to distributing this masterpiece.
      There is no paid for digital access, it’s only physically available and any digital streams are taken down so I’m afraid we’ll have to take this down too.

      Thanks for letting us know Glenn