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Disciplines > Storytelling > Telling stories > Campbell's Commandments > Know your community

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Commandment

Know your tribe! Myths never arise in a vacuum; they are the connective tissue of the social body which enjoys synergistic relations with dreams (private myths) and rituals (the enactment of myth).

Discussion

Myths are shared stories that take root in human communities, where understanding and meaning are communicated through tales of what works, what is good and what is socially unacceptable. Myths connect us all. If you can understand those connections and how they work, you can work with them, building and changing community.

Listen to the communities in which you tell stories, whether they are physical geographies or places of work. Hear their stories and make the tales that you tell fit with the meaning that circulates already.

 

'Know your community' is one of the 'Ten Commandments for Reading Myth' as defined by Joseph Campbell.

See also

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

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