With this book Joseph Campbell takes the reader on a journey which deciphers the ancient archetypes of myth to make them more understandable and bring to light the spiritual Truths within. Using comparisons from various world mythologies one begins to comprehend the meaning behind the stories and their relevance to mankind from all ages past and present. It seems that recent studies in psychology have helped to uncover the archetypes of the subconscious mind through methods such as dream therapy. These are the same archetypes of mythology worldwide. This book goes much further in depth than The Power of Myth and it becomes easy to see a larger scale picture of ancient spiritual practices and beliefs, their relevance, and how modern man can utilize this to rebuild part of the missing psyche of today and why many of us have the issues we do. One can easily see that all world religions and myths hold the Truths of spirituality of mankind and that they are the same basic concepts for all systems. I would consider this a must read for anyone interested in studies in consciousness, meditation, mythology, spirituality or ritual.