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Attila Paládi-Kovács, Mária Flórián

Magyar néprajz I. Táj, nép, történelem I. 1.

Folk tradition and folk culture are resources of national culture. Hungarian ethnography published in eight volumes provides a comprehensive overview of folk culture. The theoretical introduction discusses the subject matter, methods as well as interpretation of the most important categories and concepts of ethnographic research on the basis of the achievements of Hungarian and international scholarship. It presents the interpretation of notions such as folk, culture, cultural heritage, tradition, as well as the relationship and role of national culture and folk tradition in the 19-20th centuries. Besides an overview about the birth of comprehensive ethnographic works in a national context in Europe, it investigates the history of research in Hungarian ethnography and folklore studies from the 18th century up today. These chapters offer new observations and achievements as well as a novel view on the periods of folk culture in terms of history of ideas, institutional history and outstanding scholars.

The modification of natural environment of Hungarian people is presented from a specific ecological aspect. It follows the adaptation of the population to nature from its ancient homeland to its present state, paying attention to the ways this relationship is reflected in vocabulary and various cultural traditions. The present state of the Carpathian basin is to a large extent a result of the landscape forming activity of Hungarian people, and environmental changes of anthropogenic origin have been strongly tied to the history and hand labour of Hungarian people over one thousand years. The formation of the ethnic groups and ethnic spaces of one-time Hungary is also related to this issue. Hungarians expanded and gained territories in the Middle Ages, and lost territories in the 16-18th centuries. From the beginning of the 19th century until 1920 a Hungarian growth was observable, while unfavourable ethno-geographic position processes have been dominant since then.

The second part of the volume is dedicated to the topic of Cultural regions and ethnic and ethnographic groups.  It presents the geographical, historical, denominational and cultural character of large regions (Transdanubia, Upper Hungary, the Great Plains, Transylvania, Moldavia, Slavonia) of Hungarian territory. Along with large units of Hungarian population it investigates the historical-regional division of the related areas and groups, their folk tradition, distinctive features in terms of material culture, folklore, religiosity and vernacular language. The topics of the volume are illustrated with a high number of photos, maps and graphics.

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  • Number of pages: 1080
  • Size: B5_01
  • Type of Cover: vászon
  • ISBN: 9789630591843
  • Article code: 4000027929
  • Publication date: 2015
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