Saturday, January 14, 2012

Liver History

The liver shows up in Greek mythology. Zeus was furious with Prometheus because he stole fire and gave it to humans. Zeus ordered Prometheus to be chained to a rock. Every day an eagle would peck out his liver and it would regenerate overnight.
The ancient people of the Near East and Mediterranean areas used sheep livers to tell fortunes, a practice known as haruspicy. Personally, I think palm reading isn’t as messy.

In the time of Plato, the liver was thought harbor dark emotions—rage, jealousy and greed. My goodness, everyone knows that the liver in a non-complaining organ.

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