Joseph Campbell 1987 unreleased interviews

Thanks to the Joseph Campbell Foundation ( for sharing these excerpts from two “previously unreleased interviews with Joseph Campbell filmed shortly before his death in 1987.”

Interview 1:

Initiation Through Trials
Discussion of the Sun Dance rituals of the Mandan tribe, and their significance for the males of the tribe, who have to be actively placed into their adult roles through hardships and pain.

The Mythic Symbology of Release
Winged fish, feathered serpent, the Bodhisattva, and the Christ–images of a shift in consciousness.

Myth As the Mirror for the Ego

Interview 2:

The Birth of Mathematical Mythologies
A totally new idea on the importance of recording observations of the heavens…

The Dynamic of Life
Demonic or dynamic—tricksters and the disordering principle.

On Becoming an Adult
Myth lets you know where you are across the ages of life – at 40 or at 80…

Mythology of the First City States
Agriculture and the domestication of animals 10,000 years ago in the Near East creates larger communities and new cultural organization – from herders to warriors…

Interpretations of circumcision… from Judaism to the Sudan.

Sun, Moon, Serpent, and Bull
From bullfights to marriage, Joseph Campbell discusses symbols of sacrifice.

Mythology of the Trickster
The Trickster in Native American mythologies–Shadow, Creator, and Fool.