Since ancient times a host of symbolic meanings has been assigned to the heart. In classical Greece the heart represented thought, feeling and the will in humans. In India the heart was considered to be the locus of one’s contact with Brahman, the personification of the Absolute and the Highest. A deep sacred meaning was also attached to the heart in ancient Egypt. It was retained in the mummy together with a scarab beetle, as the Judging of the Dead ceremony determined the fate of the deceased in the Afterlife. In the Christian-Jewish cultural sphere the heart represented the power of the emotions, especially of love, but also of intuition and wisdom. To this day the heart is considered to be the symbol for love and friendship.