Why Alma?

Alma is a name that represents generations, cultures and borders.

It is possible to meet a name Alma in the whole World. Just here in Denmark, it is possible to meet Bosnians, Lithuanians, Greenlanders, Belgians, Pakistanis and Arabs called Alma. It is possible to meet Alma who grew up in Southern Jutland and another one who grew up in Argentina. Women all over the world share the name with its many meanings.

On the ancient Gothic language, a name Alma means the working, the brave. In Spanish and Italian, it means soul, and in Kazakh, Hungarian and Turkish, it means apple.

In Roman times, the Romans used the title Alma Mater, as an honorific title for mother Goddesses as well as for the hunting goddess Diana, and Goddess of agriculture, motherly love, and fertility -Ceres. Many universities have started using this title, such as Bologna University, which is Europe’s oldest University and, which has Alma Mater name in its logo. In the way Goddesses gave the Romans hope and faith, universities, in the same way, provide a nourishing and conditioning knowledge to the students.

The Association Verdens kvinder i Danmark has chosen to have an Apple as a symbol for ethnic minority women’s Award. Apple has played a major role in human’s cultural history. According to legend, Newton discovered the law of gravity after an apple fell on his head from an apple tree. Another example is Adam and Eve, who were thrown out of paradise after Eve ate the forbidden fruit-an Apple. An Apple which gave them the revelation and knowledge.

Historically, eating an apple has been considered to be a sin, but has also been interpreted as the first step towards enlightenment, knowledge and evolution.  Apple is also a symbol of beauty and rebirth in Nordic mythology.

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