A Martyr by name means witness and historically is seen as someone who suffers death and or persecution for refusing to advocate a particular belief. These beliefs can be of religious or political nature. They are almost always seen as strong leaders and are respected by their followers even when the followers might be afraid themselves to stand up against the cause. Having offered up their lives for truth, they inevitably become heroes after their death due to their selfless nature and determination to make the opposing forces aware of the injustice and or cause.
Archetype Character Initiation:
A person who is devoted to a cause believed to be admirable
Opposed by many for standing up against the beliefs a higher establishment, law, order or religious belief
Is at risk of harm by the opposing forces for standing up against it
Continues with courage and commitment to fight for the cause despite all risks
Is typically persecuted, killed or dies because of their commitment to the cause
Becomes a hero after death, is commemorated and gains the ability to inspire others to pursue the same cause
Lisa's Blog on the Martyr:
"Do or Die, you'll never make me, Because the world will never take my heart.
Go and try, you'll never break me, we want it all we wanna play this part.
I won't explain or say I'm sorry I'm unashamed, I'm gonna show my scars
I'm just a girl, I'm not a hero....just a girl who had to sing this song
Give a cheer for all the broken. Listen here, because it's who we are
I'm Just a girl, I'm not a hero.
We'll Carry On." -My Chemical Romance
This face of the wounded healer is the unsung hero. The person that works night and day for the cause, whatever that cause may be. They are heroes but don't call themselves such. Through my eyes, the Martyr face shows up in that person who risked their life to save the child from the burning house, or the mother who worked three jobs so her kids could eat. It's the leaders in any walk of life who continue on despite all odds stacked against them and no matter what the cause may be, they will die trying to make a difference for that cause. I'm sure you've seen this face before, perhaps it is your own. The main characteristic is that a Martyr is willing to risk their life and all worldly possessions to make a difference. They don't always know they are leaders because they are actually quite humble in nature. The Martyr is not afraid to stand up to authority and they typically have unsurpassable will power. They lead by example and make a diffrence in the lives of many.
In the music Danielpour has written, this movement is the heart of the the concerto. It is found at the center and all other movements point to it. I have to say it is one of the most beautiful melodies I've learned in a percussion concerto. Each time I practice it I'm humbled and feel honored to bring such a powerful composition to life. It feels like having your heart lifted by the wings of 100,000 doves on a Sunday morning and carrying on with the strength of an unmeasurable army of angles at your side.