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Woman paying homage to namantar martyers on Namvistar Din in India.

Homage (/ˈhɒmɨ/ or /ˈɒmɨ/) is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic.

It was originally a declaration of fealty in the feudal system (see Homage (medieval))—swearing that one was the man (French: homme) of the feudal lord.[1] The concept then became used figuratively for an acknowledgement of quality or superiority. For example, a man might give homage to a lady, so honouring her beauty and other graces. In German scholarship, followers of a great scholar developed the custom of honouring their mentor by producing papers for a festschrift dedicated to him.[2]

The concept now often appears in the arts where one author shows respect to a topic by calling it a homage, such as Homage to Catalonia. Alternatively, creative artists may show respect to a veteran of the field or to an admired practitioner by alluding to their work.[3] In rock music this can take the form of a tribute album or of a sample.[4] As of 2010, the digital techniques used to generate many forms of media make it easy to borrow from other works and this remediation may be used in homage to them.[5]

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  1. ^ "Homage", Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages 2 
  2. ^ Robin M. Derricourt, An author's guide to scholarly publishing 
  3. ^ Umberto Eco, The limits of interpretation 
  4. ^ John Shepherd, "Rock Homage", Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World 
  5. ^ Richard Grusin, Routledge encyclopedia of narrative theory