the process is the artwork

Contemporary Seers

“It has always been the business of the great seers (known to India as ‘rishis,’ in biblical terms as “prophets,” to primitive folk as ‘shamans,’ and in our own day as ‘poets’ and ‘artists’) to perform the work of the first and second functions of a mythology by recognizing through the veil of nature, as viewed in the science of their times, the radiance, terrible yet gentle, of the dark, unspeakable light beyond, and through their words and images to reveal the sense of the vast silence that is the ground of us all and of all beings.”

Joseph Campbell in “The Historical Atlas of World Mythology, Digital Edition: Prologue.” Joseph Campbell Foundation. iBooks.

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