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A Unique Folk Culture in Europe
A Unique Folk Culture in Europe

Author(s): Vilmos Voigt
Subject(s): Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Napkút Kiadó Kft.
Summary/Abstract: Although it is connected to its environment by a thousand strands, Hungarian folk culture is unique. Although every culture can be equally valuable, it is impossible not to notice this unique quality that has manifested in the remote and recent past, and which is obvious even today. We are a people who came from the East; our environment doesn’t understand our language. We have met the unexpected challenges well at times and very badly at other times. Meanwhile, we have always tried to live in accordance with our own values; this quality has been decisively important in Hungarian folk culture. “Magyar” culture has almost always tried to adopt from others quickly. While it is an open and adaptable culture, it has always remained itself. It is a mystery, however, not only to the outside world but also to itself. Although it is on the whole a unifi ed culture, it has always had to contend with innumerable internal differences and confl icts.

  • Page Range: 75-98
  • Page Count: 24
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English