Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 28 On the Ossicles Which Resemble a Sesame Seed

An ossicle more familiar to magicians and followers of occult philosophy

The second of these ossicles is the one mentioned so often by magicians and followers of occult philosophy when they say there is a certain bone in man resembling a chickpea, immune to all corruption, which they aver will lie hidden in the earth after death like a seed and will bring a person forth on the final day of judgement. 11 It is surely one of these bones, most likely the outer one [w], quite like a hulled chickpea if you compare it to half of the chickpea. Or, if you join both bones, you will have made a whole chickpea, so far as the appearance is concerned. In larger men the inner bone [y] is so large that a die could easily be made from it. But these bones differ from the fictions of the Arabs in that they can be broken and burned like the other bones. Yet they are certainly somewhat resistant to decay, and, as has been said before, solid. But debate over the doctrine by which they contend that a human being, whose infinite structure we are describing, is destined to be propagated out of such an ossicle we leave to theologians, who claim for themselves alone the free disputation and pronouncement about resurrection and the immortality of souls. Because of them, we shall offer no opinion about the marvelous and occult powers of the inner ossicle of the right big toe, no matter how much better the supply available to us of this bone from a hung thief or from time to time a lover, or from public dissections, than was available to those three ferocious harlots at Venice 12 who recently butchered an infant for the purpose of comparing this ossicle to the heart of a virgin boy and removed his living heart, and (as they richly deserved) paid the severest penalty for their crime.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 28 On the Ossicles Which Resemble a Sesame Seed