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Campbell's Commandments for Reading Myth

 

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Joseph Campbell defined 'Ten Commandments for Reading Myth', such that if followed, the storyteller will cause the listener to appreciate the story much more.

These commandments are not just applicable to myths, but to any storytelling. In short, they are just good common sense hints for a storyteller. Here are some thoughts around each one.

  1. Read with eyes of wonder
  2. Read in the present tense
  3. Read as a God
  4. Understand magnetic effects
  5. Investigate images and stories
  6. Seek patterns and connections
  7. Find myth everywhere
  8. Know your community
  9. Expand your horizons
  10. Read between the lines

See also

Campbell, J. (1972). Myths to Live By, New York: Bantam Books

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