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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Ambivalent Approach of Cultural Heritage

Modern society approaches cultural heritage in an extremely peculiar and ambivalent way: on the one hand it destroys the very substance of this heritage, and on the other it pays homage to its symbols -reproducing its typical forms or elevating the antiquity of its various components (antiques, preservable monuments, regional rehabilitation)-, which are used in decorative patterns.

This social phenomenon can be explained through psychology, since it can be compared to the story of the sons of the primitive hoard -as it appears in Freud’s Totem and Taboo-, who killed and mangled the Father and soon after they worshipped his symbol (totem) and established the first institutions and customs, refe¬rences to their criminal act (totemic meal).