Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Mythology: Pathways to Bliss is one of the books that has significantly impacted how I practice my lifestyle. In his book, Joseph Campbell recalls a symposium of religious leaders and scholars in Japan, wherein a religious scholar from New York poses a question to a Shinto priest, saying:
“We have seen many of your temples and ceremonies, but I cannot find your theology or ideology.” The Shinto priest thinks for a moment then responds, “I think we have no ideology or theology…we dance.”
The very beggining of my spiritual search started with mythology, and last night I finished a Tibetan book that concluded the very same thing. At the time I read the dancing bit originally, I didn’t quite understand but I knew it was important so I tucked the peice in my memory bank, and here and now I pull it out, brush the dust off, and boy does it summarize everything beautifully.
Mythology and dance form a distinct and unwavering relationship. They are two of the world’s oldest art forms and share similar motifs. Mythology unceasingly inspires artists across the globe.