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Origin of the Hungarian People-Excerpt

From an Article in the National Geographic Magazine, Titled "Hungary: A Different Communism" Published February 1983, page 253.

(According to Dr. Peter Veres of the Ethnographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

"Here is the place, east of the Urals in Western Siberia: new evidence places it in the east not west, of those mountains. The region was then a pine forest, the people, hunters and fishermen. They were a mix of Caucasian and Mongoloid. They were now called the Finno-Ugric people.

Some of those people migrated north. Some became the Finns, while smaller groups settled across the northern part of what is now the Soviet Union. There, perhaps 25 ethnic groups still speak Finn-Ugric languages. Some live a very archaic life. Some are hunters and fishermen and also deal in reindeer breeding. We study them, to find out about our own past.

Between the 12th and 10th centuries B.C., a change of climate took place in western Siberia. The ground water began to rise, the area became a sort of marsh, and the people had to move. The ancestors of the Hungarians moved south. They abandoned their life as hunters and fishermen and became a pastoral people, always in movement. Gradually, over a period of 2000 years, they moved to the west, arriving here (Hungary) in the year 896 (A.D.).

What remains of the old culture? Elements in our folklore music. Our skill at husbandry. And there are old people alive today, who remember shamanism - how certain people, when they became shamans, could cure illness, could locate lost or stolen goods, could find the answers to problems.

.....only 15 million people in the world speak Hungarian."

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