Toltec Warrior- The “Monomyth” and Vision Quest

Joseph Campbell’s term monomyth, also referred to as the hero’s journey, refers to a basic pattern found in many narratives from around the world. This widely distributed pattern was described by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). An enthusiast of novelist James Joyce, Campbell borrowed the term monomyth from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

Campbell held that numerous myths from disparate times and regions share fundamental structures and stages, which he summarized in the introduction to The Hero with a Thousand Faces:
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

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~ by The acausal realms on April 2, 2010.

2 Responses to “Toltec Warrior- The “Monomyth” and Vision Quest”

  1. Great article. I’ve always loved vision quest, particularly when it comes to supporting others as they embark upon it. An amazing opportunity to “be naked before spirit”, to give everything to the earth and become the hollow bone in the reconnection with the natural world. For myself, I prefer day quests…6-10 hours out on the land provides the opportunity to once again see the world through microscopic eyes!

    • Cheers, Being in Nature makes me feel more a part of everything. It seems that trips into nature open up the intuition to guidance and power. This world is miraculous if one has the eyes to see it!
      Much love,

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