In the minds of Hungarians the unwritten tradition of their Asian origin is still there. But since the middle of the 19th century it has been a bone of contention among the academic standpoints. In the last half of the 20th century (especially in the communist era) the „Finno-Ugrian’’ theory of Hungarian origin was forced over against all cons. The archaeological, linguistic, ethnographic and anthropologic researches of the Hungarian origin show something else. Nowadays, most of the researchers (especially the archaeologists and the anthropologists) accept that the Hungarian anthropological character and culture shows more similarity with the Middle-Asian Turk people keeping the Iranian and Scythian tradition.
The most important event in Hungarian history is „Honfoglalás”, the occupation of homeland (the conquest of the Carpathian Basin in the 10th century.). Among the equestrian-nomadic cultures Hungarians have the most western country, which was founded in the heart of Europe and stands for more than one thousand years. Nowadays Hungary is an integrated nation (without tribal distribution). But most of our history was determined by the tribal system based on the big families (as the most equestrian nomadic commons). The union of the tribes, the Blood-contract is one of the bedrocks of the national tradition. Lord Árpád, the leader of the Occupation of homeland was the forefather of the Hungarian royal dynasty, which was reigning for centuries. He was one of the most important persons in Hungarian history. He represents the power and the unity of the nation! The most glorious chapters of Hungarian history were written during his reign and that of his descendants.
The search for Hungarians left behind in the East started in the age of the Occupation of homeland, and the two groups were able to keep in touch with each other for a long time. Many Hungarians (scientist as well as simple people) committed themselves to find our relatives left behind in he East.
Kurultáj as an event is based on one of the scientific expeditions of the Hungarian anthropologist and human biologist András Zsolt Bíró (anthropological researcher of the Hungarian Museum of Natural Sciences) in Kazakhstan. The data and DNA samples from the expedition of 2006 certified (Y- chromosome test) the genetic similarity (beyond the similarity of their names) between the Madjar tribe of Kazakhstan and the „magyarok” (Hungarians) in the Carpathian basin. The results of the research were published by the American Journal of Physical Antropology, one of the most prestigious scientific bulletins of the world. The study made a big international sensation and took many tributes to the research group. In 2007 December, András Zsolt Bíró was awarded in person by Yermukhamet Yertisbayev, the cultural minister of Kazakhstan, and become an honorary councillor of the Madjar tribe.
The results of the research attracted attention to the importance of cousinship in Kazakhstan and other countries of Middle-Asia.
The first Madjar-Magyar Kurultáj (tribal convention) had been organised in Kazakhstan in 2007. A Hungarian delegation led by András Zsolt Bíró was also present.
Arriving home they decided to organize a tribal convention – Kurultáj in Hungary in 2008. They invited the Madjar tribe members of Kazakistan as special guests.
The event was in August 2008.
A common interest was raised that no one has seen before. More than eighty convention keeper groups and cultural groups worked together in perfect unison.
More than one hundred yurts were built.
Many cultural and military convention keeper programs were realized with thousands of warriors, mounted archers, horsemen.
This program was visited by more than 90 000 persons. At the fire of the Kurultáj the deputies decided to organise a big Kurultáj in 2010 for all the bow drawer nations.
Kurultáj means unity. The Hungarian convention keepers of the Carpathian basin, the Madjar tribe of Kazakistan and the deputies of the brotherly nations will celebrate together and remember the big ancestors with honour. The culture of Hungarians rooted in the culture of equestrian nomadic commons on steppes (like the culture of Scythians, Huns, Avars), and connected to the conventions of the big nations in Middle- and Inner–Asia by that.
Kurultáj lifts up and reunites our nations by the right of our forefathers, sets an example from patriotism and lights the brotherly affection’s fire up again in 150 million souls from the Carpathian basin to Siberia.
The Grand-Kurultáj continued with the spirit of the first Kurultáj in 2007 and the second in 2008. Enhanced the relationship between the brotherly nations from Middle- and Inner–Asia, Anatolia and the Caucasus Mountains. The parties saluted to the big and revered forefathers living in the tradition and in the minds of Hungarians and the brotherly nations as Atilla, Baján kagán, Madjar baba, Karcig batir.
All genetically and/or culturally relative invited hun-turk minded nations accepted the invitation for the celebrate. They introduced themselves with high qualified diplomatic and scientific representatives and folk music and dance performances. The representatives of hun-turk minden gathered nations signed a historical declaration in which they conceded brothers each-other. After this event how strong our hands take one another – it depends on us: how can we, more than one hundred million people fill the brothership with living spirit. The original and complete declaration:
“From the order of the Sky: kazak, kirgiz, ozbek, turk, azeri, uygur, bashkir, sakha (yakut), bolgar, magyar, madyar, tatar, turkmen, mongol, chuvash, gagauz, japan are hun brothers.”
…and the signs from all nations…
This celebration commemorated the historically analysed and archeologically established historical events. A great yurt was built as the Tent of Ancestors, in which you could see and salute the remains of a horse-nomadic hungarian warrior. He was the firstly known warrior from the age of conquest of homeland with a trepaned skull.
An authentic face reconstruction of this skull made, and a picture showing how could this warrior looks like was painted by this. Am original “in situ” man and horse burial site with gold ornaments, weapons from this age can be seen. This memorial yurt was built by the specialists of four museums. The exhibition was visited by more than ten thousand visitors since the three days!
The best of Hungarian tradition keepers remembered for their ancestors with honour. They made more surprises for the Kurultaj.
For this event was made and was used at the sacred fire the biggest shamanic drum of the world. Diameter is 188 cms. A leather good maker name Sandor Balogh and his team made this drum especially for the Kurultaj. It was made from Siberian birch tree and from a whole skin of a cow.
Far distance archery
The biggest shot was recorded in 1226 in Sartaul, Tadjikistan. Shot by a warrior named Esunkhei. It was 502,5 meters (335 alds). In the spring of 2010, an arrow of the Jozsef Monus and Csaba Grozer flew to 508,74 meters and breaked the middle-age record.
Jozsef Monus promised to try to break his new record on the Kurultaj – and he did it! His arrow hit the ground at 603 meters!
The huns had their way of armour making. Since the Scythians used the spangled armour, huns were developed a laminated type. Zsolt Kelemen and his team investigated the making and using methods of this armour. Supported by our foundation, they reconstructed an armour similar to the white huns settled in the Carpathian basin as Avars. During the reconstruction they had experimented the lost technology in many times. When they tested the finished armour, they shocked: all builded surfaces standed against the arrows. Even the modern firearms’ bullets were unable to go through of it!
The Kurultaj is the greatest celebration and show of the old hungarian, hunnic and turk and even the horse nomadic eastern steppe cultures in every two years.
Since 2010 one of the biggest tradition keeping events of the world. More than 3000 tradition keepers, hundreds of horseback archers participated on the Kurultaj in 2010. 135 yurts were set up.
There was 42 military tradition keeper shows and programs, nomadic horse and archer contests and musical concerts during the three days. More than 140 thousand in the main day and at about 220 thousand on the whole event visited.
The ceremonials were celebrated by the conventions of the ancient hungarian religion Tengri grown from the shamanic conviction.
The hungarians and every biggest hun or turk minded nation joined to the celebration.
Kurultaj 2012 will be at Bugac, Hungary (120 km South from Budapest)
Date: 10-12 August, 2012.
All 44 programs and the anthropological and archaeological exhibition are free entry, as well as the folk music and dance performances.
There is a campsite with toilets and shower-baths very next to the Kurultaj site. Low price tent-sites are to rent – tents needed. Around the site guarded car parking places can be used for low costs.
In 2009 the main organizers established the Hungarian Turan Foundation, which helps the historical research and helps to introduce the results of that, and also harmonizes the Hungarian convention keeper programmes and organizes the biggest Hungarian traditional program of all time, the Grand-Kurultáj in 2010.
The website of the foundation is:
The expedition in Kazakistan led by András Zsolt Bíró in 2006 invigorated the scientific and cultural life in Kazakistan.
Aybek Nakipov founded The Great Steppe Foundation.
The Magyar-Turán Foundation and the Great Steppe Foundation are fraternal organizations and they work in harmony, organizing the Kurultáj in Hungary, among other events.
The website of the foundation is:
Meanwhile the organizers recognized that this monumental event needs an alliance overall the Carpathian basin. That is how the Turan Alliance was born, which made a co-operational agreement with the local government of Bugac.
The organizer of the event from Turkey can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The main organizer and coordinator of Kurultáj is the Magyar-Turán Foundation, a public fund. Co-organizer is the local government of Bugac. The official website of the event is: