-26- Verbunkos


Noun. From Hungarian.

“A dance that is performed to persuade people to join the army.”


So this sounds a little bizarre. If anyone was trying to persuade me to join the forces, the last thing I would think of is a dance.

However, in Hungary, this kind of thing exists. The word verbunkos comes from the German verb ‘werben,’ meaning ‘to enlist/to recruit.’ The dance, and accompanying music with a genre of the same name, used to be played around the initial recruitment stages.

It still exists as a genre, and has a huge history of cultural influence in Hungary. For now, though, take a look at this thigh-slappingly intriguing rendition of what can be described as verbunkos:


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