44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Examining ‘Kun’ or Cuman identity in Hungary with regards to activities of the Kun Association. “The Cumanians, also known as Polovtsians or Polovtsy were a Turkic nomadic people in the western part of the Eurasian Steppe. After the Mongol invasion (1237), many sought asylum in the Kingdom of Hungary.” While true Cumanian roots are difficult to demonstrate, the field research for this article was carried out in the town of Karcag, Hungary in 2012 amongst people who consider themselves to be Cumanian. Results included: there is a distinction made between Kiskun (small Cuman) and Nagykun (large Cuman); there is mention of Cumanian mentality, Cumanian outlook on life, Cumanian physical features and affinity for horses. Some things thought of as being connected to the Cuman Hungarians are: the Komondor dog breed, the Cumanian gate, Cumanian lion, the yurt, lamb stew, Cumanian mounds. By Werschitz Annamária.