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Origins of <3

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_Tesseract, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Female Bum Behind Valentine Symbol?
    By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

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    Feb. 13, 2006 — The familiar double-lobed heart symbol seen on Valentine's Day cards and candy was inspired by the shape of human female buttocks as seen from the rear, according to a professor of psychology who studied the origin, history and symbolism of the Feb.14 holiday.

    Galdino Pranzarone of Roanoke College in Salem, Va., told Discovery News that he analyzed "essential literary and speculative evidence from mythology and secondary sources," which led to his theory. He believes one rather obvious bit of evidence is that the heart symbol does not directly duplicate the heart human organ.

    "The twin lobes of the stylized version correspond roughly to the paired auricles and ventricles (chambers) of the anatomical heart," Pranzarone said, but added that the organ "is never bright red in color" and its "shape does not have the invagination at the top nor the sharp point at the base."

    Pranzarone indicated that the ancient Greeks and Romans could have originated the link between human female anatomy and the heart shape. The Greeks, he said, associated beauty with the curves of the human female behind.

    "The Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, was beautiful all over, but was unique in that her buttocks were especially beautiful," he explained. "Her shapely rounded hemispheres were so appreciated by the Greeks that they built a special temple Aphrodite Kallipygos, which literally meant, 'Goddess with the Beautiful Buttocks.' This was probably the only religious building in the world that was dedicated to buttock worship."

    He admitted that it was possible that the heart symbol represented both male and female glutes (the group that includes the three large muscles of each buttock that control thigh movement), but he said, "I think the Valentine's heart more closely fits the rounded female anatomy rather than the angular, compact and slimmer male butt."

    Valentine's Day-type heart symbols first became popular in 15th century Europe as a suit designation on playing cards. It is possible that the Renaissance fondness for classical literature and history brought forth the Greek interest in the female buttocks shape, which Pranzarone indicated also mirrors the basic outline of female breasts.

    In the past, other researchers, such as art historian Erwin Panofsky, have claimed that the Valentine heart shape dates to prehistoric times and was first observed in Spanish Stone Age cave paintings.

    During the 14th century, a handful of scholars described the heart as being an inverted pinecone with its tip pointing downwards. This description was even included in the earliest editions of "Gray's Anatomy." The noted Italian artist Giotto (1267-1337) also sometimes depicted hearts like pinecones.

    Eric Jager is a professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles and the author of "The Book of the Heart," which includes information on early heart imagery.

    Jager told Discovery News, "I think Dr. Pranzarone's theory is very amusing," but suggested that other historians might have mulled over the buttocks/heart shape link before.

    Pranzarone admitted that "any interpretation of this kind of material is purely speculative. We were not there when goddesses, symbols and paintings were originally created.

    He added, "Hey, it's only Valentine's Day. Most people enjoy it and don't get too serious about it — unless you don't get the Valentine you were expecting."

    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20060...html?source=rss
     
  2. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    very cool. symbolism prevails.
     
  3. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

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    awesome.I heart teh buttocks.
     
  4. dumy

    dumy Veteran Member

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    haha..bring on the ass shots!
     
  5. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

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    I see you...


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    Status User is online! (Active in topic: Origins of <3)
     
  6. the shitz

    the shitz New Jack

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  7. Gigantic Jug

    Gigantic Jug Member

    Joined: Jul 24, 2004 Messages: 988 Likes Received: 0
    i wish <3 didnt hurt so much.
     
  8. AlwaysBombin

    AlwaysBombin Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 22, 2003 Messages: 1,090 Likes Received: 0
    Wassup with people always callin this guy out when they see him?
     
  9. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

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    die :hatred:
     
  10. Gigantic Jug

    Gigantic Jug Member

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  11. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

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    its ok gigantic,we all do
     
  12. Gigantic Jug

    Gigantic Jug Member

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    im sure you dont have feelings for satan himself. so no... you all arent!
     
  13. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    we all do, youre just full of teen angst its ok

    youll outgrow it in a couple of years
     
  14. Gigantic Jug

    Gigantic Jug Member

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    dont act like YOU KNOW ME NIGGAAAAAA.
     
  15. grc

    grc Member

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