15 May 2013

Hungarian Ethnography & Folklore

I discovered this site a number of weeks ago, but never got around to featuring it.  I don't fully recollect how I got to it, but it has visual beauty and information that one needs to learn about rural Hungary.  I lived in Budapest and only ventured outside the city to go to Belgrade, Vienna, and Lake Balaton.  This meant I didn't get to experience the non-urban aspect of Hungarian culture, which was a real shame.  When I end up Hungary again, I'll be sure to visit smaller places and soak in more of the traditional culture.

The website Hungarian Ethnography and Folklore is like a textbook for Hungarian ethnography and folk arts.  It's got everything from folk music, myths, instruments, dance, as well as dialects. There's a beautiful collection of photos and illustrations as well.  I've included pictures from some of my favorite sections (no photos for dialects, though) with the links to read more about those customs in rural Hungary.  It's rich with information that I can't contain here, so soak in the beautiful photographs below and follow the links for the page.  There's much more than I've put here, so please visit it!

Burial; lamentations
Weddings; going to the church

Children's Games; pushing a cart

Customs of the Calendar Year; Easter sprinkling

Work Customs; harvest festival

Movement and Dance; dancing the forgatós