Mythic Inflation is a term introduced by Joseph Campbell.
Campbell says Egyptian cultural beliefs about a ruler’s relation to God or gods progresses through several historical stages, each taking its own form.
In the second stage of mythic inflation, the ruler’s aggrandized ego believes and acts as if it were a deity. Mythically inflated rulers exhibit haughty arrogance and are obsessed with gaining material wealth and power over others. They ruthlessly lie, trick, exploit and murder to achieve earthly desires and prestige.
In contrast to mythic identification, the mythically inflated king would never consider sacrificing himself for the good of the community.
In ancient Egypt the often brutal, power-hungry kings envisioned themselves as “God on earth,” as did Julius Caesar in Rome.
Whether or not the examples Campbell provides to (apparently) support these stages reflect actual social-historical conditions remains open to debate.
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