Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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The Heroine’s Journey

  • Maureen MurdockEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200123-1

In 1949 Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual. This model, rich in myths about the travails and rewards of male heroes like Gilgamesh, Odysseus, and Percival, begins with a Call to Adventure. The hero crosses the threshold into unknown realms, meets supernatural guides who assist him in his journey, and confronts adversaries or threshold guardians who try to block his progress. The hero experiences an initiation in the belly of the whale, goes through a series of trials that test his skills, and resolves before finding the boon he seeks – variously symbolized by the Grail, the Rune of Wisdom, or the Golden Fleece. He meets a mysterious partner in the form of a goddess or gods, enters into a sacred marriage, and returns across the final threshold to bring back the treasure he has found (Campbell 1949, pp. 36–37).

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Emotional Expressiveness Romantic Love Contemporary Woman Male Hero Midlife Transition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pacifica Graduate InstituteCarpinteriaUSA