We Explain the Connection Between Heart and Love!
Our heart is perhaps the most important organ in our life. Although the main task of the heart is to pump blood throughout the body, the heart also performs tasks such as regulating body temperature, maintaining acid-base balance, transporting hormones and enzymes to the necessary parts of the body. The heart also symbolizes the concepts of love and affection. So what exactly is the connection between these two? In this article, we have examined this issue for you.
The ancient Egyptians noticed that many nerves, as well as veins and arteries, radiated outward from the heart and concluded that it was a human center for both reason and emotion.
Later, the Ancient Greeks transferred responsibility for rational thought to the brain, but passion always remained associated with the heart. The adrenaline surge from any strong emotion has a powerful effect on our heart rate. So naturally, we first feel the pangs of love and attraction in our chest.
But where does its shape come from?
No one is quite sure, but the shape may have something to do with a North African plant. In the 7th century BC, the city-state of Cyrene had a highly booming economy with silphium, a then rare, now extinct plant. Although mostly used as a spice, silphium was also known to have a contraceptive effect. Silphium was so important to the economy of the city of Cyrene that coins were minted depicting the seed pod of the plant, which resembles the heart shape we know today. According to the theory, the heart shape was associated first with sex and then with love.
There are also less romantic ideas about the origin of the heart shape.
Some argue that the modern heart shape comes from unsuccessful attempts to draw the heart, the organ that the ancients, including Aristotle, believed to contain all human passions. A leading scholar of heart iconography claims that ancient philosophers’ physiological misidentification of the human heart—as a three-chambered organ with a round top and pointed bottom—may have inspired medieval artists to create what we now know as the heart shape. The medieval courtly tradition may have strengthened the figure’s association with romance. The heart shape can be found in playing cards, tapestries and paintings of this period.
When Valentine’s Day events gained popularity in 17th century England, hearts multiplied.
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