China would like to see the northwestern Tongvancheng municipality to become a place of pilgrimage for Hungarians

Monday, June 17, 2013

China would like to see the northwestern Tongvancheng municipality in the province of Shaanxi that was founded by the Southern Huns 1600 years ago to become a place of pilgrimage for Hungarians said Historian and Orientalist Borbála Obrusánszky who attended a conference held in China at the anniversary of the founding of the city.

The conference was attended by eighty participants from several countries including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan as well as local Chinese and Inner Mongolian researchers.

Hungarians received special attention at the conference and some participants welcomed them as the descendants of the Huns said Borbála Obrusánszky (whose works are regularly published by Alfahír Örökség section). Chinese researchers have indicated that they would like to research the migration of the Northern Huns as well, but they have limited resources in the field.

Obrusánszky held a lecture on sacrificial rituals by comparing the Central - Asian and the European adaptation of the custom. While Béla András Oláh Associate Professor of the Corvinus University of Budapest Landscape Architecture Department spoke on the subject of “loess architecture”.

At the conference a 45 minutes documentary called “The secret history of the Huns” by Görgy Daubner was screened. The film was shot in China and it was a great success, many people would have loved to have copies of the documentary.

Discussion topics ranged from historical source analysis to the Huns' way of life, their natural environment and their relations to their neighbors, and presentation of archaeological finds.

The capital of the Hun kingdom of Tahszia was built by Hun leader Helian Popo (381-425); the size of the city was close to twenty thousand square kilometers. Historians believe that around 431 AD about forty thousand Huns and Han nomadic shepherds lived in the city and its suburbs. Historical records show that the northern (or black) Huns' migration begun at the time when the nomadic empire started to break up; after that the Southern Huns are slowly assimilated into the surrounding population.

The Hun culture and architecture have been uniquely preserved in Tongvancheng. Kao Chan, the head of the local conservation agency told MTI that the ancient settlement reconstruction begun in 2011, and the work is still not completed.

He also said that under the ancient city, as a result of hundreds of years of geological processes, cavities have been formed that makes reconstruction work more difficult.

(MTI – -


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