On the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, lies the Heart of Midlothian.
Visitors to Edinburgh will often notice people spitting on the Heart. A tolbooth (prison) stood on the site, where executions used to take place. The heart marks its doorway: the point of public execution. Some people spit on the Heart. Although it now said to be done for good luck, it was originally done as a sign of disdain for the former prison. The spot lay directly outside the prison entrance, so the custom may have been begun by debtors on their release.
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Great image. Love the shadow cast by the passerby.
I suppose spitting on it for good luck could be viewed as saying “there but for the grace of God go I”. This heart is a very thoughtful gesture.
Great backstory…. must be a lil strange to be standing there and suddenly people spit 🙂