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From Central Asia To Hungarian Plain -- 'The Meeting Of The Tribes'

Ancient links between Hungarians and nomads from Central Asia were celebrated at the biannual "Kurultai"  or "Meeting of the Tribes" in Bugac, Hungary, on August 12-14. The event, first held in 2008, features yurts, colorful costumes, music, and horsemanship.


Uighurs, whose home is China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, also live in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
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Uighurs, whose home is China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, also live in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Hungarian yurts do not differ much from those in Central Asia​
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Hungarian yurts do not differ much from those in Central Asia​

Hungarian warriors in traditional ornamental leather armor, similar to that worn by nomadic Turkic people of Eurasia
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Hungarian warriors in traditional ornamental leather armor, similar to that worn by nomadic Turkic people of Eurasia

Attila the Hun ruled a large empire in Central and Eastern Europe in the 5th Century A.D.
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Attila the Hun ruled a large empire in Central and Eastern Europe in the 5th Century A.D.

Let battle commence!
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Let battle commence!

Brothers in arms -- from Central Asian nomadic armor to European military uniform
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Brothers in arms -- from Central Asian nomadic armor to European military uniform

A Kazakh musician performs traditional nomadic music, playing the Qobyz, an ancient musical instrument
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A Kazakh musician performs traditional nomadic music, playing the Qobyz, an ancient musical instrument

A Hungarian shaman's drum
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A Hungarian shaman's drum

Visitors to the Kurultai could also taste Central European food -- Kurtos Kalacs, also known as Trdelnik
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Visitors to the Kurultai could also taste Central European food -- Kurtos Kalacs, also known as Trdelnik

Kazakh souvenirs
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Kazakh souvenirs

The Yurt of Ancestors -- a mobile museum of archeological findings linking Hungarians to the nomadic culture of the vast Eurasian steppes​
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The Yurt of Ancestors -- a mobile museum of archeological findings linking Hungarians to the nomadic culture of the vast Eurasian steppes​

An artistic depiction of Hungarian ancestors, based on archeological finds in Hungary
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An artistic depiction of Hungarian ancestors, based on archeological finds in Hungary

A young lady representing the Turkic speaking people of Tuva, in southern Siberia
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A young lady representing the Turkic speaking people of Tuva, in southern Siberia

Children wearing traditional Central Asian hats play the drums
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Children wearing traditional Central Asian hats play the drums

A guest from Kazakhstan
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A guest from Kazakhstan

For three days, the Kurultai established a traditional Eurasian nomad settlement on the Great Hungarian Plain
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For three days, the Kurultai established a traditional Eurasian nomad settlement on the Great Hungarian Plain

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