A tribute (French homme, Latin homo, "man" ) is a public Ehrenerweis, usually on a famous person who you feel obliged. Often the perpetrators are a tribute themselves in public.

Expressions of homage

As a tribute, especially all references to be seen, which are given in the context of an artistic work and someone to emphasize that the artist owes special inspiration for his work. Often works of art are designed explicitly as a whole as a tribute. Some critics, for example, Woody Allen's film Manhattan is seen as a tribute to New York, the album Abbey Road is regarded as a tribute to the recording studio the Beatles.

Some movies or musical compositions bear the term " tribute " in the title as " homage to / for ...", the spelling "Hommage à ... " in this context is also common. Also, events can be created as a tribute to a famous person or thing, often at a particular date, Memorial Day or anniversary.

Historical Significance

In the Middle Ages it meant by " tribute " a solemn ceremony in which Feudalpächter vassals or their fealty against the feudal lords expressed. These were a symbolic confirmation of the vassal treaty which had been concluded between two free men. Here, the vassal assured the lords to be the " man " (French homme ).

Such agreements were also concluded between knights and lords. The public expression of witnesses was as binding as a written contract. The ceremony was later frequently passed through the church and documented here. Should any disputes arise, the church could occur as a reliable witness, since it was generally regarded as trustworthy.

Recent public tribute in 1953

See also the coronation of British monarchs

The last public homage of feudal origin took place at the throne Elizabeth II. Immediately after the coronation, she was enthroned by the great artists of her empire. Then the fealty was expressed by the first day of the respective object. First, by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Primate of the state church, followed by the husband of the Queen Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. After the Dukes of royal blood rendered fealty. The next Lehnseide was discharged from the respective first of the rank for all able members, in contrast to the Lehnseiden to 1836. For example, by the Duke of Norfolk as the First Dukes. It was followed by the Marquess, Earls, Viscounts, Barons and the only Nichtadeliger the Lord High Chancellor.