Saturday, July 26, 2008

Remnants of Folk Life

According to our guides and stories I have heard from others, the Soviet policy of systemization wiped out traditional village life all over the Balkans (by encouraging the inhabitants to move to the cities) and with this process many centuries of folk traditions disappeared except in the forms that the current cultural tourism allows. These were some of the tastes of folk culture that we had in Hungary: folk dancing and music, cowboys, traditional wall painting, and the wonderful world of the Mangalica pig (supposedly low in cholesterol, but especially if you don't eat her).

This is an example of the traditional folk wall painting in Hungary - found in a folk museum in Kalosc.

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