1526: Mohács (kopjafa field)

zumi

Calgary, Canada

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Kopjafas on the battlefield at Mohács (southern Hungary) commemorating the historical fight between the Magyar (Hungarian) and Osman Turk armies in august 1526 (Hungarian National Historical Site).
Kopjafa is a Magyar sculptural art form with a distinct mediaeval or even more ancient origin as a jousting stick or pole which originally had been transformed from a weapon of war to a memorial or mortuary pole or stick. The correct etymological English translation would be jousting pole stuck in a grave as a headstone. In fact it has become almost exclusively a grave marker in folk art mainly of Szekely Magyars from Erdély (Transylvania) but present in all parts of the Hungarian Kingdom probably mostly in Unitarian Calvinist but also rarely in Catholic cemeteries where it was mostly supplanted by crosses. It in fact functioned as a cross. Apparently it does not exist in any of the neighbouring ethnic groups, thus becoming a very strong identification with what it means to be a Magyar (Hungarian).

HDR effect created by processing 1 raw file saved as jpeg images with different brightnesses (Canon EOS 350D).

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