43rd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 5–7 April 2024
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In Transylvania according to tradition, village folks often keep sheep. That usually means that each family entrusts their sheep to the care of a local shepherd who tends the village flock. Hungarian medical researcher, photographer Henics Tamás who doesn’t actually live in the Kalotaszeg village of Méra, nevertheless takes part (often remotely) in the sheep raising culture there in an effort to help keep the related traditions alive. This summer he was able to be there at sheep dipping time as done in Transylvania. This is his description of this task, this community event – where some 500 sheep – the local flock were efficiently ‘dipped’ – referring to the method farmers use for protecting the sheep from infestation against external parasites. Photos and text by Henics Tamás.