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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

Belly of the Whale (uncountable)

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

Usage notesEdit

Mostly used in its capitalized form.

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