Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Myths, folklore, and symbolism:
whale: It is a symbol of the abysmal, multivocal dark. It appears, for example, in the Bible story of the prophet Jonah, who evaded the divine charge to preach in Nineveh, was cast overboard, swallowed by a huge fish (usually represented as a whale), and cast upon land three days later (symbolically interpreted as Christ's death, entombment, and resurrection). The whale, like other animals such as the crocodile, elephant, and tortoise, is seen in the mythologies of many peoples as carrying the universe. (Herder)

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