The Hero’s Journey – Initiation

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According to Joseph Campbell the Hero’s Journey is a magnification of the rites of passage. For Campbell this was a three-part process: separation, initiation, and return.  Christopher Vogler broke down this structure into a four-part process: separation, descent, initiation, and return. To overlook the significance of “initiation” may be to defuse the potency of the schema. […]

The Hero’s Journey – Descent

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The story of the “Descent of Inanna” exemplifies, in a poetically vivid way, the “descent” of the Hero’s Journey as presented by Christopher Vogler. Imagine being stripped of everything you have; of everything you know about yourself; of every artifact that represents your life as you know it.  This is what Inanna experiences in her descent.  This […]