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Asian Journals: India and Japan (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

ISBN: 9781608685042
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
Number of pages: 784
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At the beginning of his career, Joseph Campbell developed a lasting fascination with the cultures of the Far East, and explorations of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy later became recurring motifs in his vast body of work. However, Campbell had to wait until middle age to visit the lands that inspired him so deeply. In 1954, he took a sabbatical from his teaching position and embarked on a yearlong voyage through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally, Japan. The Asian Journals are an edited version of Campbell’s own travel diary, a day-to-day record of the people he met and the historical places he visited on his trek through Asia. Along the way he enlivens the narrative with his own musings on culture, religion, myth, and politics, describing both the trivial and the sublime. As always, Campbell’s keen intellect and boundless curiosity shine through in his lucid prose. From these pages, Campbell enthusiasts will come away with a deeper understanding of the man, his work, and his enduring legacy.

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