44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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The Hungarian Museum of Ethnography mourns the passing of two respected and esteemed colleagues: Folk music researcher Halmos István (1929–2016), maintained professional contacts with the Hungarian Ethnographic Museum throughout his career. From 1962 until he retired he did his research within the framework of the Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Musicology. He did field work in Venezuela amongst the Piaroa Indians (see: L’harmattan 2012 – in English) and also in Pakistan and India. Some of the material he collected is at the Hopp Ferenc Asian Museum, some at the Ethnographic Museum. Hofer Tamás’ (1929–2016) entire career was connected to the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography. He earned his doctorate in 1958. He began working at the Ethnographic Museum in 1952, went on to become a department director, and later director of the museum. Between 1980 and 1992 he also worked as a department director at the Academy of Sciences’ Ethnographic Research Institute. He was a researcher, teacher, editor of the journal Ethnographia and other publications. His main areas of research included symbolic phenomena and categorization systems. He studied the mentality and social history that gave rise to the phenomena of „folk culture” in the 19th century in Hungary.