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Joseph Campbell's theoretical structure for (religious) stories.

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Where does Marsilio Ficino write that all nations refer to God with a four-letter name?

I have seen quoted in the name of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), also spelled Marcellus Ficin, that all nations of the world worship a God whose name is spelled with four letters. Does anybody know ...
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Are there any good ancient examples for the monomyth?

What's an ancient story that's a good example for the plot structure of the monomyth, meaning most of the stations are there? In my youth I read the popular classical Greek myths as well as a few ...
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What is the meaning or significance of the following Joseph Campbell quote?

And where we had thought to find an abomination we shall find a God. Where we had thought to slay another we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward we shall come to the center ...
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Did any ancient cultures or scholars recognize the Hero's Journey monomyth?

In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell talked about the monomyth, and the overarching structure of the Hero's Journey: the hero is called on an adventure, may have a helper, goes through ...
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Why, according to Joseph Campbell, is the monomyth so common?

The Wikipedia page on the Monomyth has these statements in the summary at the top: Campbell held that numerous myths from disparate times and regions share fundamental structures and stages, and ...
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