North Carolina
The Power of Myth
Explore the multifaceted meanings and importance behind myths from the ancient Greeks to modern mythologists such as James Frazer and Joseph Campbell.
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Program No. 21391RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From Homer's Odyssey to the legends of King Arthur to the countless stories told by Native Americans, myths are an important part of every culture throughout history. While everyone is familiar with myths and nearly everyone finds them interesting, they are often viewed as entertainment, but little more. Can it be that myths also express profound and complex truths which are fundamental to a way of life? If so, what is the meaning or meanings which lie behind these fascinating narratives--and how does one discover them? Can these meanings be usefully understood by those outside the society in which they originated?
Activity Level
Easy Going
All facilities in one bulding, with approximately 300 yards walking required, a few stairs (elevator serves all areas). Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Receive a basic introduction to mythology and experience vivid illustrations of mythic narratives.
  • Explore different approaches to myth interpretation.
  • Understand how practical applications of mythic themes can relate to present-day life.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Steve Wilkerson
Stephen Wilkerson was born in Shanghai, the son of medical missionaries to China, and grew up in Taiwan. He has a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, but has spent most of his professional career as a physician in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. Most recently, he completed a Ph.D. in mythology, writing on the role of alchemy in Goethe’s Faust. Steve is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to religion involving history, psychology and mythology.He and his wife, Rose, live in Black Mountain.
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