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'Pusztai Róka'

An Association for Maintaining Nomadic Equestrian Traditions of Hungary The group of 'Pusztai Róka' was formed to live and to keep up the Hungarian historical horse traditions. We focus on the nomadic traditions of the ancient Hungarians. It leads to the legendary era of the early Middle Ages, when nomadic riders entered the stage of European history. "De Saggitis Hungarorum libera nos Domine!" (Lord, save us from the arrows of Hungarians!) had been chanting while the cradle of Europe was rocked. Due to their nomadic equestrian lifestyle Hungarians had more efficient military strategy and tactic.

The title of the show of 'Pusztai Róka' is 'Fight and game in the nomadic traditions'. It undertakes to give a taste of this special way of riding, using traditional weapons, wear and spirit. Wooden saddles covering furs, and richly adorned reins used on the horses. There are 5-6 different kinds of weapon on the riders. The famous horseback archery and fighting with lance and spear, sabre and battle-axes, as well as the use of the long special Hungarian ringed whip can be seen on the first part of the show. Beside fighting we also perform some stunt riding (dzsigit), the very powerful game of the nomads called kökpar or buskashi and horseback wrestling. The show takes from 15 up to 40-60 minutes depending on the number of actors and structure of the programme. The number of the riders can be up to 10 and they need some henchmen to provide assistance during the show. We have professional narration and revelational music to build up the proper mood.The show is performed on various festivals, historical or sport events, mainly in Hungarian fields (Hungary, Transylvania, once in northern Serbia), but we were also invited to Germany and Kazakhstan too. The group was duly incorporated in 2004 as an NGO. The headquarters are situated on a traditional farm in a puszta attached to the city of Karcag, in the middle of the Great Hungarian Plain. Karcag is the main settlement of the region, where the lastly arrived nomadic tribe, the Cumans settled down. The name 'Karcag' came from their language. (There is an animal, named 'steppe fox' in English, 'pusztai róka' in Hungarian, 'vulpes corsac' in Latin - this 'corsac' came from 'karcag'. This form has stayed in use in Kazakhstan.) So the name of the group is after the Cuman meaning of our central town. Members hold different jobs and live in different places, but most of us have their own livestock, few or more sheep and cattle and each rides their own horses. Beside performing the show we do love to take longer trips on horseback, riding hundreds of kilometres in traditional clothing and equipment without motoric assistance. So this is the way we love and live the ancient culture of Hungarians.

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