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Csodaszarvas a tajgában
Wonder Deer in the Siberian Taiga

Author(s): Katalin Uray-Kőhalmi
Subject(s): Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Molnár Kiadó
Summary/Abstract: István Fodor's article "The Ethnic Identity of the Ancient Hungarians and the Legend of the Wonder Deer" in Csodaszarvas, Vol. 2, discusses the cultural background that informs depictions of the deer hunt, the tree of life with birds, and a hoofed animal fighting with a bird of prey. The epic poetry of the Ewenki and Turkic forest-dwellers of Siberia contain a large number of parallels to these motifs. This reinforces the view that (a) scenes of the deer hunt and of a hoofed animal warding off a predatory bird and (b) motifs of the tree of life with birds often coupled with these scenes are no doubt closely linked to the national origin myths of these peoples.

  • Page Range: 19-26
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: Hungarian