Hungarian equestrians reached Aktobe 10 мая 2012, 17:06
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Hungarian horsemen. Photo courtesy of Eurasia expedition participants
Three Hungarian horsemen who are travelling from Hungary to Kazakhstan have reached Aktobe city, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Diapazon.kz.
“We were travelling on horseback and sometimes we were going by cars. We rented horses and changed them at the regional and oblasts’ border crossing points. Animals would not endure such a long journey. Their owners were worried as well. We kicked off from Budapest in the beginning of March. We have passed Hungary, Romania, Carpathians, Ukraine and Russia. It was cold and there were a lot of snow. The air temperature went down to minus ten degrees centigrade,” Benze Istvan, Eurasia expedition leader said.
According to him, there are ancient blood ties between Kazakhs and Hungarians. “Hungarians are huns’ descendents. Magyars, an old Kazakh clan, lives in Kostanay oblast still. We’d like to familiarize our relatives with our history.” Istvan also added that there were many words that sound similar in Kazakh and Hungarian. For example, the word friend is kordas in Kazakh and kordash in Hungarian. The words mother and grandfather have almost similar sounding: ana (Kazakh) - anya (Hungarian), ata (Kazakh) - atya (Hungarian).
“Hungarians are nomads as well. We like milk and are hospitable like Kazakhs. We have met great people here, in Kazakhstan. Their souls are beautiful. They treat us decently, they ask us to take pictures of us and look at our clothes. We wear national costumes that are reconstructions of XII century Hungarian clothes," Istvan said.
Benze Istvan and two more ethnographers Farkash Chemez and Shandor Beresh started their equestrian expedition from Hungary to Kazakhstan on March 1. They will visit Atyrau, Sarayshik, Aktobe cities, Baiganin village and other residential areas. The expedition will reach Astana on July 6 and will take part in the celebration of the City Day.