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What is the Fear of Death? (Spoiler! It’s called Thanatophobia)

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Did you know that death drives a yellow car?

Another interesting question during a fairly routine day at work. What is the fear of death?

The fear of death is called Thanatophobia. I think I learned the word Thanatos from Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series, the one called On a Pale Horse. Thanatos was the name of death.

So there you have it, confirmed by a couple of medical dictionaries and an encyclopedia of phobias.

This should not, of course, be confused with bananaphobia, which is infinitely more terrifying.

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