Quest Cycles Applying the Hero Quest to the crises in our lives Linda S. Griggs

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"There is a void felt these days by women and men - who suspect that their feminine nature, like Persephone, has gone to hell.
Wherever there is such a void, such a gap or wound agape, healing must be sought in the blood of the wound itself."

Nor Hall, The Moon and the Virgin, quoted my Maureen Murdock in The Heroine's Journey


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Various women writers have modified Campbell's essentially male hero quest cycle to describe the more internal quest that women/heroines undergo.

Maureen Murdock describes this heroine quest cycle through the UnderWorld descent and resurrection stories of the Greek goddess Persephone and the Sumerian goddess Inanna.

As you can see from the diagram, the heroine's quest is more internally complex than the hero's quest. For Murdock, this feminine descent into the UnderWorld is a metaphor for the deep diving that women must do to come into their own as individuals. In that sense, the heroine's quest is perhaps even more difficult than the hero's quest, which "only" involves battling real-world demons.


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