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TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface to the 1949 Edition PROLOGUE: The Monomyth 1. Myth and Dream 2. Tragedy and Comedy 3. The Hero and the God 4. The World Navel PART ONE The Adventure of the Hero CHAPTER I: Departure 1. The Call to Adventure 2. Refusal of the Call 3. Supernatural Aid 4. The Crossing of the First Threshold 5. The Belly of the Whale CHAPTER II: Initiation 1. The Road of Trials 2. The Meeting with the Goddess 3. Woman as the Temptress 4. Atonement with the Father 5. Apotheosis 6. The Ultimate Boon CHAPTER III: Return 1. Refusal of the Return 2. The Magic Flight 3. Rescue from Without 4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold 5. Master of the Two Worlds 6. Freedom to Live CHAPTER IV: The Keys PART TWO The Cosmogonic Cycle CHAPTER I: Emanations 1. From Psychology to Metaphysics 2. The Universal Round 3. Out of the Void-Space 4. Within Space-Life 5. The Breaking of the One into the Manifold 6. Folk Stories of Creation CHAPTER II: The Virgin Birth 1. Mother Universe 2. Matrix of Destiny 3. Womb of Redemption 4. Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhood CHAPTER III: Transformations of the Hero 1. The Primordial Hero and the Human 2. Childhood of the Human Hero 3. The Hero as Warrior 4. The Hero as Lover 5. The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrant 6. The Hero as World Redeemer 7. The Hero as Saint 8. Departure of the Hero CHAPTER IV: Dissolutions 1. End of the Microcosm 2. End of the Macrocosm EPILOGUE: Myth and Society 1. The Shapeshifter 2. The Function of Myth Cult, and Meditation 3. The Hero Today Bibliography Acknowledgements Biography Index
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