From Latin cynicism, which in turn derives from cynic, the term ash refers to grayish powder that leaves a process from combustion . Ash is composed of metal oxides, silica and other substances.
It can be said that the ashes are the residue of a combustion Usually a part of the ashes is in the area as powder while the rest spreads in the smoke . For example: “Be careful with the ashes of the cigar: don't get your clothes dirty”, "After several hours of fire, the cabin was reduced to ashes", "The volcano continued to throw ashes for more than a week".
In the example of the fire that reduced the cabin to ashes we can see that one of the nuances of this term refers to destruction, at the end of the existence of something or someone. This can also be used figuratively, to express the feeling of defeat in the face of an obstacle that seems impossible to overcome, either because of its difficulty or lack of strength.
Many times the ashes are used for some purpose ritual . In ancient times they were used to purify or clean. They also linked to mourning.
It should be noted that, in many cultures , it is usual for the body of a deceased person being cremated (incinerated), being reduced to ashes. Then the ashes are deposited in boxes or urns of wood or other material so that the loved ones of the dead decide what to do with the remains.
It is known as Ash Wednesday , on the other hand, on day number one of the Lent . This means that the Ash Wednesday it is celebrated forty days before the arrival of Palm Sunday , which marks the beginning of the Easter .
The Christian liturgy of Ash Wednesday it consists in the imposition to the faithful of the ashes that are generated after burning the branches that had been blessed in the Palm Sunday from the previous year. Usually the priest draw a cross on the believer's forehead with the ashes.
In the world of literature, ash is a symbolic element of one of the stories most famous in history: Cinderella. It is a folkloric story that has been disseminated in several versions, both written and oral, and they also vary depending on the time and country. One of the best known publications was signed by the French writer Charles Perrault and dates from the year 1697; the title he gave is Cinderella or The Crystal Slipper.
The most frequently read version of this fairy tale in the west narrates the history A young woman loses her father as a child and is in charge of her stepmother, a cruel woman and without any consideration for her, who treats her like a slave and reminds her every day that she is not her biological daughter.
As if poor Cinderella did not have enough with her unfair stepmother, she must also bear the contempt of her three stepsisters, who also take advantage of her innocence and use her as a servant. In the title that Perrault gave to this classic work, reference is made to a "glass shoe," one of the fundamental elements of the story.
Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini included in its outstanding repertoire the story of Cinderella, and its version is among one of the operas most popular today. The main role requires a very agile voice to reproduce all the passages of coloratura; for many, Cecilia Bartoli She is the singer who best interprets it.