The World Myth

The Hero

What are some examples of the hero’s quest?

The quest is the central act in the world hero’s life; it is the unfolding of the very purpose of the hero’s existence, the reason for his being. The world hero, in all of his or her masks, undertakes the quest. The quest can take many forms, depending on the “landscape” of the particular culture. The oldest recorded quest is that of the Sumero-Babylonian hero Gilgamesh for eternal life. In the Bible, Moses seeks the Promised Land. In Greece, Theseus seeks the Minotaur in the Labyrinth and his father on a journey from his birthplace to Athens. The Native American Water Pot Boy also searches for his father—the source of his identity. Jason seeks the Golden Fleece. Aeneas looks for the new Troy, Rome. Muhammad on his Night Journey seeks God and higher knowledge. King Arthur and his knights search for the Holy Grail.


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