Die hohe Kunst des Tutens. Zahlenmystik und Hintergründe.
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Jeden Abend (außer dienstags) wird seit Jahr und Tag vom St. Lamberti-Kirchturm getutet. „Tuten“ ist das Fachwort, die Lautmalerei „Tuuuuuut“ beschreibt denn auch ziemlich genau die Töne, die aus dem Türmerhorn dringen – das tiefe C.
Every night (except tuesday) the Tuermerin von Muenster keeps guard from St. Lambert’s church.
From 8:45pm until 12:15am she stands watching on top of the neo-gothic tower as the city falls asleep.
She blows a huge horn every half hour from 9pm til midnight – long signals signify „everything’s alright, no fires a-burning, no foes at the imaginary gates“; short stopped signals mean „watch out! something strange and foul is going on within the inner city!“…
The signals are just like the bells of the churches (there are over 80 nearby churches from where I blog!) – at 9 o’clock, the Tooting goes:
„tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot“.
As one can see clearly by this example, we have (3 x 3) signals and there are pauses. Why?
Let’s see how the Tooting will sound at 10pm.
„tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause ) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot, tooooot“
Okay, here we have (2 x 3) PLUS (1 x 4) „tooooot“. Let’s keep that in mind and move over to 11pm.
At 11pm the Tooting sounds like this:
„tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot“
Got it? (3 x 3) PLUS (1 x 2) – and what about 12pm?
You figured that one out already, didn’t you? It’s like
„tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot (pause) tooooot, tooooot, tooooot“
(4 x 3) !
The main number of Tootings is the „3“ – just think of the Holy Trinity and the theological virtues (Faith, Hope, Love)…!
The „2“ stands for Duality, Finitude, Contrariness (see Gen 1,1 in the Holy Bible – it starts with the second letter B – Bereschith; the relation between Egypt and The Land of Canaan… just look it up on your favourite SearchEngine!)…
And the meaning of the „4“: e.g. the fourth letter of the Hebrews is „Daleth“, the „door“ to the world or to heaven; the four original sins (The Fall of Man, Fratricide, The Flood, The Tower of Babel)…
Okay folks, and now something very mundane: One has to breathe whilst blowing the horn! 2 Tootings are easy, 3 ooookay, 4 dang! any longer and the Tuermerin might feel somewhat giddy 😀
Oh – and before I forget about the „half hour“-fact:
Every half hour the church bells go „DONG DONG“ – (2 x DONG) – because two quarters of the full hour have just elapsed… and the Tooting embraces that point with „toooot, toooot“.
Any more questions? No? Come on over some time and hear the Tooting going on at the foot of St. Lambert’s church in the center of the city of Muenster! You’ll love it just like I do! And if you drop me a line that you’re going to visit my town – I’m gonna toooooot even more beautiful and harmonious! Word!