Belly of the Whale

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Coined by Joseph Campbell in 1949. Probably an allusion to the book of Jonah in the Bible, in which Jonah was swallowed by a great fish.

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Belly of the Whale

  1. A story element which represents the final separation from a hero's known world and self.

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