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  SAMPLES - IN QUEST OF THE MIRACLE STAG: THE POETRY OF HUNGARY
   
   
  The Legend of the 'Miracle Stag'
   
  The great Oriental King, Nimrod, had two sons, Hunor and Magor. They went hunting
  one day and saw a creature that was snow white and had golden antlers - it was both
  female and male, "hind" and "stag." It lured them farther and farther to the West,
  where the hunting grounds were richer and the land more fertile. The sons of Hunor
  became the Huns, and the sons of Magor became the Magyars, the Hungarians.
   
  Some people could see the miraculous creature flying in the air. They saw the stag with
  the huge golden antlers between which it carried the Sun and Moon.
   
  The "Miracle Stag" thus led the Magyars to present-day Hungary where they arrived in
  the year 896. They were shamanists and warriors who terrorized Europe for over a
  century. In the year 1000 Saint Stephen, who ruled until 1038, converted the
  Hungarians to Christianity.
   
  Then once again the "Miracle Stag" appeared. It had burning candles on the tips of its
  antlers- it was, in fact, a living cathedral and the very messenger of the Virgin Mary and
  of Jesus Christ Himself.
   
  Hungary's poets have been pursuing the "Miracle Stag" for over seven centuries, each
  according to his or her vision. In all its incarnations, the image of the "Miracle Stag" is a
  perennial symbol of an Oriental people whose destiny it was to become European and
  to act as the guardians of the West - against the Tartar invasion of the 13th century,
  the Turkish invasion of the 16th and the 17th, and the Soviet Communist invasion of the
  20th century. In Hungary's poetry, ancient Oriental Shamanism blended with the
  Christianity of Europe.
   
  The "Miracle Stag" prances ever westward. It has appeared in Germany, France, and
  England, giving voice to the poetry of Hungary. And now, on the 1,100th birthday of
  Hungary, the "Miracle Stag" has reached the shores of America.
   
  Chicago, 1996.
  Adam Makkai
   
   
   
   
   
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