The heart burial and the history of an emblematic organ

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Melania Borgo

Keywords

heart burial, Aristotle, Kosciuszko, Chopin, Lenin

Abstract

The heart still has an important symbolic value as it has had in the past. The old prejudices about the role of the brain and the primacy of the heart not seem totally overdone. Primitive men already knew that in their body there was something magical that beat following a different rhythm depending on their emotional state. Anthropology, philosophy, religion, history and history of medicine has studied this interesting issue. There are several examples demonstrating the symbolic value of the heart. In particular, here we will examine the history linked to the heart of Kosciuszko, as well as the heart of Chopin and the body of Lenin.

 

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