magick in hungarian narrative

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1Dario_de_Giacomo
Sep 2, 2011, 7:00am

my searches have as object the occultism and the magic in the stories; now I would want to widen this study to the non western world.
can I ask you a list of authors that has written stories of magic and occultism?
and even some extract of story in western language, if someone of it has you of available (pdf or word)?
Many thanks

2Komavary
Sep 2, 2011, 10:02am

The last time I checked Hungary was part of the Western world. ;)

You should find Szepes Mária's Red Lion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1ria_Szepes

Or Hamvas Bela's Karnevál (Carneval)
http://hamvasbela.org/en/excerpts.html
http://www.hamvaskarneval.mediatransform.de/

For a ligther reading, Szerb Antal's excellent The Pendragon Legend is a good choice:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pendragon_Legend

As you cold see from these examples, magic in Hungarian stories are heavily rooted in the western magical traditions.

While remains of the shamanistic traditions could have been found even as late as the 20th century (not counting the new-age revivalists), since Christianity became the dominant religion a thousand years ago, it did not have a significant effect on literature.

If you are interested in this heritance, I would suggest Hoppál Mihály's work (in English).
This could be a good beginning:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanistic_remnants_in_Hungarian_folklore

3Lucy_Skywalker
May 22, 2013, 7:42am

Komavary, I'm not a particularly huge fan of Szerb Antal, but are you really saying he is lighter than Szepes? =)
Another occultist author of Szepes' ilk is Elizabeth Haich (vitéz Nesztyné Haich Erzsébet) who moved to Switzerland after WW II. with Selvarajan Yesudian.