What does Belly of the Beast mean? Who or what is the beast? The bible refers to Leviathan, also to the giant whale that swallowed Jonah. Could the Beast refer to war … or the tedium of daily chores like brushing teeth or washing clothes. Perhaps it references the spectacle of life – the extremes of both pleasure and pain – the exuberance of youth or the remorse of old age. The Beast could be illness and hardship – or the inventory of calamities recited ad infinitum in the media. Periodically everyone wrestles with the Beast of self-doubt or conflicting emotions. Time is a consistent factor in every encounter with The Beast (the Time we have between the boundaries of birth and death) … Time and the awareness of the implacable darkness that surrounds the mystery beyond life itself.