by Jeff G., May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
An interesting portrait of Joseph Campbell early in his career, Baksheesh and Brahman is a collection of journal entries, drawings, and photographs from his trip to India in 1954, right after he finished editing Heinrich Zimmer's works on Indian art and mythology. Campbell shares the conflict he feels between his mythological perception of India and the social and political realities he finds, as well as the conflicting feelings for his home country ranging from deep pride to occasional embarrassment. This title is put out by the Joseph Campbell Foundation, whose mission is to "preserve, protect, and perpetuate Campbell's work." They continue to publish previously unavailable and out-of-print material in the series The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell.