|English Table of Contents 2015/2
In memory of Pál István “Pista bácsi” (Feb 1919-March 2015) – shepherd, bagpipe player from Hungary’s Palóc region. He was an important and beloved informant of the dance house movement who provided bagpipe players, ethnographers and the táncház movement with a wealth of inspiration and information not only on traditional, but also human life. The name of this piece “Anyone born of a mother, must sooner or later die” – is a quote from Pista bácsi. The interviewer asked him about when and how he prayed and his relationship to religion. By Fehér Anikó.
Kóka Rozália talks with Raj Rozália (Doroszló / Doroslovo, 1950) and Nagy István (Magyarittabé / Novi Itebej, 1958) about how they grew up in Hungarian communities in Northern Serbia (Banat, Voivodina) and then became dedicated to preserving local folk tradition. To be continued.
Review: Singer Bodza Klára’s CD release concert – Hungarian Heritage House, Budapest February 2nd, 2015. The new CD (Fonó FA 360-2), entitled Ó, áldott Szűzanya! (Oh, blessed Virgin Mother!) is all about “faith, experience and giving thanks” and provides a summary of Bodza Klára’s many-decadeslong career as a singer and teacher. She has said this would be her last concert. By Kiss Eszter Veronika – first published in Magyar Nemzet 2015 Feb 4.
Interview with Liber Endre on his activities as a founding member of Hangvető Hungarian folk and world music distributor, on hosting WOMEX (International World Music Expo) scheduled for October 2015 in Budapest, about the village of Martonvásár where he first came in contact with folk music as a music student in elementary school and the Tükrös Ensemble where he has been playing cimbalom and viola for some 30 years. By Grozdits Károly.
Erdélyi Zsuzsanna (January 1921-February 2015) was a nationally acclaimed ethnographer, arts writer and member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. She began doing research on Hungarian folk music and folk arts in the 1950s and 60s while working in the folk music department of the Ethnographic Museum. She is known for her research on religious folk customs and textual folklore, many many publications and received numerous national awards in recognition of her work.
List of awards received on the national holiday March 15th.
Thoughts on the prímás (lead fiddler’s) festival in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc), Romania held in November 2014. This event, bringing Transylvanian master village fiddlers together with young fiddlers, is held in annually. It was founded by director of the Hargita National Székely Folk Ensemble, András Mihály and is guided by Transylvanian ethnomusicologist dr. Pávai István. By György Katalin.
New Publication: Babai Dániel, Molnár Ábel, Molnár Zsolt: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Land Use in Gyimes (Eastern Carpathians). MTA Research Center and Ethnographical Institute and the MTA Ecological Research Center Ecological and Botanical Institute. Budapest/Vácrátót, 2014. ISBN 978-963-9627-75-8 Printed here are review/recommendations by ethnographic researcher Agócs Gergely (Budapest) and biologist, farmer Demeter László (Csíkszereda, Romania).
Tömörkény István (1866-1917) was a Hungarian writer, journalist, ethnographic researcher; he wrote the piece included here – Gül Baba’s pilgrims – in 1916. Gül Baba – the Ottoman Bektashi dervish poet and companion of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent – died in Buda in 1541 at the beginning of the 150 year long Turkish occupation of Hungary. His tomb still stands in Buda today. This writing tells of traces of the Turks that still existed at the time it was written, which included pilgrimages that Turks made to pay respects at Gül Baba’s tomb.
Listing of summer 2015 folk dance, music and handcrafts camps and workshops to be held in Hungary and neighboring countries.
Exporting the dance house method to Bashkiria. Interview with Somfai Kara Dávid, ethnographic researcher – Turkish peoples. Two traditional dancers and a flute player from the Republic of Bashkiria (in today’s Russia) will be in Hungary for the week of the dance house festival. They, for example, do jumping dances that seem very similar to Hungarian jumping dances. During the time of their visit, the Hungarian dance and music researchers hope to be able to persuade and train these people to use the dance house method for preserving dance and music tradition in Bashkiria. By Juhász Katalin.
Cooking Traditions – this column usually focuses on Hungarian traditions – but this time presents filled breads and doughs of the Bashkir and Tatar peoples that live between the Volga River and Ural Mountains in today’s Russia. Six recipes feature stuffed dumplings boiled in hot water, a version cooked in a pan without oil, others deep-fried
in oil, and then one baked in the oven. By Juhász Katalin.
Hurdy-Gurdy Instruction in Hungary – Part 2. This is a discussion of teaching and learning hurdy-gurdy as one of Hungary’s traditional folk instruments, and the importance of developing a method or system on the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels to be used nationally for instruction. The beginning level begins with traditional material from the Hungarian Southern Plain, and so on. Includes input from Szerényi Béla. By Patonai Bátor.
Lecture series – Hungarian Museum of Ethnography – Budapest. Kerezsi Ágnes: Shamans in Siberia – past and present. Wednesdays 6-8 pm March 25th – April 22nd. The lecture titles: What is shamanism?; Shaman mythology; The Shaman’s role; Obi-ugor shamans; Categories, characteristics of obi-ugor shamanism; video screenings. In Hungarian.