The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Part 1: Chapter 2, Sections 5 and 6 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1: Chapter 2, Sections 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

"Apotheosis" In this section, Campbell explores, in significant detail, the nature of duality - the way in which seemingly opposite characteristics or traits are in fact both parts of one whole. He uses the example of the Buddhist Boddhisattva ("he whose being is enlightenment") to develop this theme - the Boddhisattva is, for example, both of the world and of the spirit, both male and female, functioning both in time and in eternity. He then cites other examples of similar androgynous figures - the Christian Adam (the first man who, at the time of his creation, had in him the rib that eventually became Eve, the first woman), the Ancient Greek Hermaphrodite and Eros, and the Hindu Shiva, who is often portrayed as being at one with his spouse Shakti.

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