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


  1. This site is awesome! A treasure trove of interesting things. Also, I've been on GoogleReader mainly and haven't seen your new layout (could be years old? or days old?) but I love it.

  2. Hello! I am glad that you have discovered this great resource. 'Hungarian Ethnography and Folklore' is actually a digital version of a paperback book which was released in the 70's (Amazon even has some used copies for sale): https://www.amazon.com/Hungarian-Ethnography-Folklore-Ivan-Balassa/dp/9631309223

    In the recent years the Hungarian Academy of Sciences published an even more extensive work on Hungarian ethnography, consisting of 8 volumes and written partially by the same authors. This one has no English translation yet, but if you lived in Budapest and learned some Hungarian, then you might make use of the digital edition: http://mek.niif.hu/02100/02152/html/

    Greetings from Hungary! Péter