Mythical Journeys to the Otherworld: A Three-Part Series Exploring Cinema and the Arts

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Mythical Journeys to the Otherworld: A Three-Part Series Exploring Cinema and the Arts

Time: March 25, 2018 from 5pm to 9pm
Location: OPUS Archives and Research Center at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Street: 801 Ladera Lane
City/Town: Santa Barbara
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Phone: 805 969 5750
Event Type: event, series
Organized By: Devon Deimler
Latest Activity: Mar 5, 2018

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OPUS Archives and Research Center presents



with Evans Lansing Smith, PhD


Three Sundays: March 25, April 8, and May 6

5:00pm to 9:00pm

Pacifica Graduate Institute

801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA


Registration is Required

Pacifica Students $65

Alumni, Seniors, Full-Time Students $75

General Rate $99

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A series of three Sunday evening sessions focusing on the mythologies of the nekyia—a Greek word for the journey to the underworld—in film, art history, literature, music, psychology, and graphic media. The nekyia was C.G. Jung’s “Myth of Analysis” throughout the course of his career, and it is an inexhaustible source of images, songs, and stories. The series explores those stories and the archetypal imagery associated with the myth in a broad range of ancient and contemporary manifestations. It will be of special interest to creative professionals—such as filmmakers, writers, artists, photographers, dancers, and musicians—as well as anyone interested in the role of myth and dream in the individuation process. Each session will be from 5:00 to 9:00 on Sunday evening, and will include a presentation followed by a film.


Session 1: The Descent to the Underworld, Past and Present

Presentation: “Mythologies of the Underworld”

Film: Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries


Session 2: The Domain of the Faerie Queene

Presentation: “The Nekyia in Folktales and Ballads”

Film: Jean Cocteau’s Belle et Béte


Session 3: The Romance of the Grail

Presentation: “Journeys to the Otherworld in the Romances of the Grail”

Film: “Monty Python’s Holy Grail”


Evans Lansing Smith, PhD, is Chair and Core Faculty of the Mythological Studies Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, CA. In the 1970s, he traveled with Joseph Campbell on tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya. He is the author of ten books (including a recent volume of poems) and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology. His edited volume of Joseph Campbell’s writings and lectures on the Grail Romances was published in 2015, and his edition of the Selected Correspondence of Joseph Campbell is forthcoming.


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