The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Part 2: Chapter 3, Sections 1 and 2 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: Chapter 3, Sections 1 and 2 Summary and Analysis

"Transformations of the Hero" - "The Primordial Hero and the Human" Campbell comments here that as human society and culture evolves, so do its mythic archetypes - from the spirit figures of the Father and Mother to the more human, more legendary, more fact-inspired figures of the Hero-Emperor. These figures, Campbell writes, are defined at least in part by their presence in time - by the fact that some of what they accomplished, according to legend, actually came into existence. As an example, he cites the legend of an ancient Chinese Emperor, who was conceived in under supernatural circumstances but ruled with a strong connection to the "real" world - he discovered the use of various farm and/or household implements, he delved into mathematics and science, his wife was the discoverer of the process...

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