The ocarina being famous for being the oldest known woodwind instument from around 12.000 years ago in central america?
7000 years ago in asia? The “Xun” from China, or the “Tsuchibue” from Japan?
I had an ocarina years ago, but moved on, now got a Shinobue and a Shakuhachi. But more for fun than serious peforming. Especially the Shakuhachi in D being known as “Zen-Instrument”
And it’s obvious for the Tsuchibue, as bue is “flute” and tsuchi is “earth, soil”
I don’t know though what “xun” is.
But yeh, after some lunatic hijacked some Aztecs and they performed in front of some King, the “Ocarina” became known in Europe and the italian Dude gave it that sweet-potato shape and made it popular in Europe.