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Joseph Campbell's Saki and Satori

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  • Dan Washburn
    Hi Chris - Have you read this one yet? I found it on the Joseph Campbell Foundation Web Site: http://www.jcf.org/ Dan Title: Sake & Satori Author: Campbell,
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      Hi Chris - Have you read this one yet? I found it on the
      Joseph Campbell Foundation Web Site:


      Title: Sake & Satori

      Author: Campbell,


      Editor: Kudler, David,


      Edition: 1st

      Series: Asian Journals

      Format: Hardcover

      Publisher: New World


      Date of Publication:


      City of Publication:

      Novato, California

      Length: 350 pp.



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      This is Joseph Campbell's account of a
      journey that led him to be an
      icon in the field of comparitive mythology
      and religion. Sake and Satori
      covers his travels through through the
      second half of his year-long
      journey through Asia. Written from the
      unjaded perspective of a
      remarkably erudite teacher on his first
      trip to the Asia he had studied
      for most of his life, this book is a
      unique snapshot of 1950s Asia and its
      rapidly changing post-colonial and Cold
      War tensions.

      In 1954 and 1955, the famed mythologist
      traveled to Asia for the first
      time, at age fifty. In this second volume
      of his Asian journals, he
      continues east after nearly seven months
      in India, moving through Sri
      Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong
      Kong, Taiwan, and finally
      coming to rest, for a full five months, in

      The narrative is fueled by Campbell's
      knack for cultural and
      mythological comparison. With
      characteristic wit and compassion,
      Campbell relates his experiences with a
      culturally intact Japan, where
      Noh drama, Kabuki theater, and Geisha
      houses are still common. He
      grapples with his self-discovered
      prejudices and opinions about how
      Asia is absorbing and resisting Western
      notions of gender, pluralism,
      and wealth. He relates revealing
      conversations with other travelers, as
      well as with Japanese from all walks of
      life, from geishas to scholars.
      Along the way, he allows passing asides to
      develop into wide-ranging
      philosophical explorations, augmented with
      his photos and specially
      commissioned drawings.

      Campbell's life was at a turning point
      during his travels and many of the
      seeds of his transition from professor to
      cultural icon were planted
      during this Asian journey. These journals
      of Japan, along with its
      companion volume of Indian journals,
      Baksheesh and Brahman, impart
      unique and entertaining insights into both
      the man who wrote them and
      the cultures he described.

      It also reveals Campbell's mind, just as
      he was about to embark on the
      career of public education and popular
      writing that was to bring him to
      the notice of a broader audience.

      This title is now available, along with
      its companion volume, Baksheesh
      & Brahman: Asian Journals?India

      For Campbell, religion was a subset of
      mythology, and the exposure to Japanese Buddhism was
      important to the
      next leg of his journey as a scholar. Sake
      and Satori is a glimpse of a supple mind,
      mid-career.-Shambala Sun

      Through such embryonic theories, as well
      as observations of hostesses, yamabushi priests and other
      characters, Sake and Satori provides a
      window into both a young postwar Japan and the mind of a
      Campbell, both of which were to leave
      their marks on the world in the years to come.-Yomiuri
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