What is hypostasis?

What Does hypostasis Mean

Hypostasis comes from the late Latin hypostăsis , in turn derived from the Greek hypostasis . The first definition mentioned by the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ) in its dictionary refers to taking something abstract as real .

Hypostasis involves considering an abstract concept and ascribing an independent existence to it . In other words, it gives the rank of substance to what is just a relation or a property of an element.
It is possible to associate hypostasis with idealism , since this philosophical movement supports the independent existence of ideas . The notion of hypostasis also appears in the field of the Christian religion to name the people of the Holy Trinity .

In this religious case, the hypostasis is the singular substance of each of these three persons ( Father , Son and Holy Spirit ), who share an immaterial essence in common. Expressed in a different way, the Holy Trinity is made up of three hypostases .
The hypostatic union , in this framework, is the Incarnation . It is about the coexistence of divine nature and human nature in Christ .
The legal medicine , on the other hand, also uses the term. In this context, hypostases are the red spots that appear on the back of lifeless bodies due to the accumulation of blood .
The visceral Hypostases is one of the changes occurring in the body post mortem . This phenomenon occurs from the collection of blood in the lungs, intestines and other viscera, which acquire a reddish hue due to this particularity.