The Hero's Journey

This diagram comes from the Wikipedia article on The Hero's Journey, which is based on the work of the mythologist Joseph Campbell, quoted here:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Here is the diagram, and see below for more details about Campbell's scheme:

Campbell's 17 Stages:

1. The Call to Adventure
2. Refusal of the Call
3. Supernatural Aid
4. Crossing the First Threshold
5. Belly of the Whale

1. The Road of Trials
2. The Meeting with the Goddess
3. Woman as Temptress
4. Atonement with the Father
5. Apotheosis
6. The Ultimate Boon

1. Refusal of the Return
2. The Magic Flight
3. Rescue from Without
4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
5. Master of Two Worlds
6. Freedom to Live

Bestiary Alphabetum

I am a huge fan of the medieval bestiary tradition, which you can read about at Wikipedia. For a medieval bestiary, see the Aberdeen Bestiary online.

What I want to write about here is a beautiful modern bestiary: Bestiary Alphabetum by Nathan Anderson. It has the very modern distinction of being published as a Tumblr site! You can see the coverpage below:

Here's an animal from the alphabet that I had never even heard of before I read Anderson's collection: the vegetable lamb ... and you can also read about that at Wikipedia too.

And here's one you may have heard of before: Grendel, from the story of the hero Beowulf.

Monsters in America

I really enjoyed this "Monsters in America" map: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States Featuring Legendary Creatures From Across America. The map is by Hog Island Press, and I found it here at Laughing Squid. Here's the full-sized view.