The Underworld is a  myth, a place, an idea, a metaphor, a story, a dream, a space, a point of view, a journey, a descent…

Margaret Atwood proposes that all writing of the narrative kind, and perhaps all writing, is motivated, deep down, by a fear of and fascination with mortality- by a desire to make the risky trip to the Underworld, and bring back something or someone back from the dead.

Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing, 2002

“Entering the underworld” refers to a transition from the material to the psychical point of view.

James Hillman The Dream and the Underworld, 1979

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