Coral in the Different Cultures

Coral has been part of human life for at least 4000 years, as evidenced by numerous archaeological finds.
Over time and in different cultures, coral has acquired different meanings and has been and is the protagonist of the most varied uses: in addition to being a precious object, coral has been and is a talisman, a therapeutic aid and even a medicine.
< br> The stories that are told about the origins, nature and properties of coral are fascinating to say the least. For the ancient Greeks, for example, red coral had origins intertwined with myth: according to them Perseus, after killing Medusa, went to wash his hands in the sea and the drops of blood of the Gorgon, who had the power to petrify men. , depositing on marine plants and petrifying them, it created red coral.

Its symbolism, in all cultures, has always been positive: its blood red color has always been associated with life and its function, consequently, has always been that of an auspicious object.
This is why the tradition that has come down to the present day provides that newborns are given red coral, such as wish for good health and a peaceful life.
But not only that: coral is also a symbol of wealth and prosperity in many cultures, such as the Indian one.

Its positive essence was not limited only to the sphere of superstitions and popular beliefs: for centuries coral has been a also used as an ingredient of the most disparate potions, being considered a panacea, the cure for all ills.
Indeed, in the Middle Ages, Avicenna, father of medicine of the time, recommended it as an aphrodisiac.

Coral, although not a stone, is used in crystal therapy. Astrologically it is associated with the planet Mars and water, where it is born and lives, so it is believed that it intercepts the sphere of emotions, therefore of love, intuition and femininity.

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