American Innocence and the Call for Grieving": Bonnie Bright with Author/Mythologist Barry Spector as they discuss grief, the archetype of Dionysus in our culture, the Myth of American Innocence & "Madness at the Gates of the City" (35 mins)
need for mythology, archetypal thinking, ritual and grieving in the face of what Barry calls "The Myth of American Innocence."
Barry Spector writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth, indigenous traditions and archetypal psychology. In addition toMadness At The Gates Of The City, Barry maintains an active blog that takes an archetypal look at current events and culture and which, along with his essays, can be found at www.madnessatthegates.com.
Barry and his wife Maya conduct an annual Day of the Dead grief ritual that will take place on November 3rd, 2012, near Berkeley, CA. Learn more atwww.barryandmayaspector.com
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I've just posted the event here in the community at http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/events/archetypal-roots-of-american-politics-ssu-depth-psych-public-prog
Meanwhile, there are several other public programs listed on the SSU Depth Program web page. If anyone has the time and energy, it would be great to list them here so people know about them through this venue. Please feel free to do it if you can. I'm going to try to make it to this one...hope to see some of you there.…
hetype of Dionysis in our culture, the Myth of American Innocence & "Madness at the Gates of the City" (approx 35 mins)
Alliance member Barry Spector writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth, indigenous traditions and archetypal psychology. He is the author of Madness At The Gates Of The City: The Myth Of American Innocence. His essays can be found on his websites (www.barryandmayaspector.com and www.madnessatthegates.com). Barry and his wife Maya have performed in Rumi’s Caravan and they also conduct an annual Day of the Dead grief ritual. In 2011 it will take place on November 5th near Berkeley, CA.
eauty and light through the uncertainty and darkness of this winter season.
Central to the evening will be the telling of “The Resurrection of the Round Table” by storyteller extraordinaire Hari Meyers.
Laura Sandage and Maya and Barry Spector will weave the context for the story with the beauty of words and music, reflecting the eternal hope of light and life even in the darkest moments.
Singer, poet and recording artist Laura Sandage (www.laurasandage.com) directs the Free Range Singers and the UU Sparks Choir.
Barry and Maya Spector
(www.barryandmayaspector.com), tell world poetry in the oral tradition. They will be performing in Santa Rosa's upcoming "Rumi's Caravan (https://www.facebook.com/Rumi.Caravan)
ions from Alliance members. Get more details and see the annual line-up of authors here.
"When political, economic and religious leaders no longer offer any solutions to the massive crises that confront us, it's time to re-imagine who we are as individuals and as a nation. Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence shows how America regularly re-enacts old patterns that cause us to subvert our goals, miss the deeper meaning in events and, perhaps, fail to prevent our headlong slide into cultural collapse. But by looking at our history, politics and popular culture through the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom and archetypal psychology, Barry Spector discovers new hope in very old ways of thinking.
To the Greeks, Dionysus was the god of paradox and extremes, of passion and masks, of ecstatic joy and vengeance, of tragic drama and of madness. But that was long ago. Or was it? After two millennia of Christianity and five hundred years of scientific rationalism, Dionysus and his modern substitutes persist in our imagination as images of “the Other.” He is everything that America has cast into the shadows: woman, race, nature and the body.
European settlers brought a legacy of puritanical intolerance to the New World. They developed literature, theology and political rhetoric that gradually coalesced into a mythology of divinely inspired new beginnings, heroic destiny and good intentions – the myth of American innocence. However, these stories covered over a legacy of racism and violent imperialism. Fear of the dark, Dionysian strangers at our doors – first Indians, then witches, then slaves and their descendants, then communists – both stimulated our anxieties and held them in check. Nearly four hundred years later, these mythic narratives have not lost their hold upon us. Now the fear of terrorism helps to define us as “not them.”
The Other provides a unique window into American history, and especially our current political madness. This irrepressible aspect of both soul and society may re-emerge at any moment, bringing either mass chaos or longed-for healing. The choice is up to us, because Dionysus is part of us.
Madness at the Gates of the City should appeal to anyone interested in myth, Classics, history, progressive politics or psychology. It will provide much new insight for people searching for new ways to understand how we behave in the world and what we might become.
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Listen to an interview with Barry Spector for Depth Insights Radio October 2012 - approx 42 mins
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