May 26, 2010 - 6:43 pm
"Mythology is other people's Religions."
He talks about how the "modern human race or cultures" (mongoloid, negroid and caucasoid) are relatively late arrivals to the human species and that long before them (or "us") there were cultures that had religion or mythology. In the Alps in the 1920s, caves were discovered below the level of the glaciers they found shrines that contained the skulls of cave bears. The caves were under ice from before the last ice age and were not accessible by modern man at all. Also, by the time the ice thawed, the cave bear was extinct. The shrines contained only the skulls of the bears plus signs that fires were made and other tools that would indicate some sort of worship. The tools and skulls were dated to around 200,000 years ago.
So Joseph Campbell asks what is it in human nature that makes us want to bow to something that is a mystery.
I was wondering if there is any possibility that man by nature needs to believe in something and that the more modern religions such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism are filling that need of ours to question our existence.