Text topic: Studies
Text author: Jelena Subotić KrivokapićFrom the earliest times, the heart has been one of the most studied organs. We can find records about this organ dating from the very beginning of written history, and we understand that different beliefs have been associated with it before. Very early on, people have noticed that the heart occupies a central place in the body, that the cessation of its work means death in both humans and animals, and that excitement changes the rhythm and the manner of its functioning. However, in addition to the physiological function of this organ, throughout history, the heart has been given various magical and religious meanings. In today’s world, the heart has overcome the notion of a sign and has become a symbol of love, connection between people and affection. In this paper, different meanings of this symbol throughout history to the present day are presented, with the aim of understanding it in a cultural context.