What's the word that describes the "core" of a person, their spiritual core, the place where their soul resides— these kinds of concepts.

It pertains to the heart and throat area of the body. Like you can feel an extreme emotion in your heart but often in reality it manifests itself in your throat.

This area of the body can easily be told apart from the rest of the body in orcas and frogs, because it is uniquely coloured. Lots of other animals also have some kind of separation of this area from the rest of their body, to varying degrees.

I think there is at least one loan word that describes this area of the body, ideally with these kinds of connotations.

  • Is there a term for this in your native language?
    – Mitch
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 19:13
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  • The word I use is the one you use: core
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 22:29
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    The location of the 'centre of being' varies from culture to culture. For instance the Ancient Egyptians considered it to be the heart, a belief that was adopted by the Ancient Greeks and, to some extent, by modern Europeans including the British and by extension, to Western culture in general. In China nd Japan, however, the Hara or Tanden is considered to be the centre of being in many ways. This is located in the lower abdomen, no higher than the navel.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 0:20
  • @BoldBen do you know of any cultures where the centre of being is between the heart and the throat? or in the throat?
    – minseong
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 1:38

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I think the word you're looking for is gut as this meaning of the word makes it clear

Innermost emotional or visceral response

She felt in her gut that he was guilty.

[American Heritage Dictionary]

Gut feeling is actually aptly named, since within the intestinal lining is the enteric nervous system. This is where millions of neurons are hiding, and they "talk" to your brain via the vagus nerve. This nerve connects the abdomen (or your gut) to the brain's base and also travels through the chest (which is why "listen to your heart" is also truer than you think).

  • Gut has always meant to me the belly, far from the throat. Haven't seen it used in the way I want...
    – minseong
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 19:11
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    "Feeling something in your gut" is usually associated with the Solar Plexus, a large compex of nerves associated with the digestive system which is, in many ways, a second brain. It is located in the abdomen below both the throat and the thorax which are the sites mentioned in the question.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 0:33
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    Guys...both things could be true, depending on the person. Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 19:59
  • The heart is the first organ to develop in a miniscule foetus and out of no-where tunes in to a synchronised, electrical, pulsed wave at just the right energy level, which, miraculously, causes the teen-weeny heart muscles to start pulsing: the heartbeat.
    – user414952
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 20:18


noun: chakra; plural noun: chakras

(in Indian thought) each of seven centres of spiritual power in the human body.


  • Which chakra? And aren't the chakras literally points, in my knowledge they don't cover areas of the body...
    – minseong
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 20:28
  • To my knowledge the seven Chakras are likened to nodes, similar to a spiritual solar plexus for a specific area of the body, culimating in the crown node at the top of the head
    – user414952
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 20:35
  • They are thought to be spinning disks of energy that should stay “open” and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional and physical well-being.quora.com/…
    – user414952
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 20:37
  • The throat and heart chakras both occur in the region of the body I am talking about, so I don't think this is a correct answer
    – minseong
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 21:01
  • Core generally means somewhere in abdomen associated with a 'gut feeling' as mentioned elsewhere above. However, I'm aware that the Ancient Egyptians used to weigh the heart against the weight of a feather prior to deciding whether your soul was admissible to the afterlife (I think it was the afterlife - I may be wrong)
    – user414952
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 21:14

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