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BAKSHEESH AND BRAHMAN

Asian Journals — India; Second Edition

After ten years of intensive study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell, at fifty, finally embarked on a journey to India. Searching for the transcendent (Brahman), he found instead stark realities: growing nationalism, religious rivalry, poverty, and a prevalent culture of what he called "baksheesh," or alms.

This journal chronicles the disillusionment and revelation that would change the course of Campbell's life and study. Balancing Campbell's astute explorations of mythology and history are his often amusing observations of a sometimes frustrating alien culture and his fellow Western travelers.

Endorsements

"No one in our century — not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strauss — has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness."
— James Hillman