Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Csangos of Eastern Europe

In the current issue of National Geographic there's a fascinating article on the Csángó people, who live in two regions in Romania and a portion of Moldova. Their mother tongue is an archaic dialect of Hungarian, and in other ways too the Csángós are the people that time forgot. Many aspects of their culture derive less from Europe than from Central Asia.

National Geographic also has on its website some interesting multimedia material about the Csángós, including an audiovisual piece to go along with the magazine article; and several Csángó folk songs, some of them sounding very much like something from out there on the windswept Asian steppes.


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