Orbai chair Zabala Csángó Ethnographic Museum

Csángó Ethnographic Museum

Orbai chair Zabala Str. Gării nr. 789. Jud. Covasna, România

The Csángó-Hungarians have preserved many ancient elements of European and Moldavian culture to this day. Linguistic, ethnic and cultural assimilation has deepened considerably in their settlements in recent decades, but mainly due to international labor migration, modernization processes have also accelerated, which may eventually lead to the reorganization and disappearance of the traditional Csángó lifestyle, culture.

The Department of Hungarian Ethnography and Anthropology at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca has been conducting basic research in the settlements inhabited by the Moldavian Csángós since 1991. Its background institution, the János Kriza Ethnographic Society, initiated in 2001 the establishment of a museum that systematically collects, organizes, and in the long term preserves and presents the material and intellectual culture of the Moldavian Csángós.

With the support of the Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, a permanent exhibition entitled "Traditional folk art of the Moldavian Csángós" from the private collection of Ferenc Bratislava was opened on September 14, 2003 in Zabolan, Trnava. For its continued operation, the Pro Museum Association, the owner of the Zabolai Collection, was officially registered in 2004. It concluded a cooperation agreement with the Székely National Museum in 2004, which has since 2005 appointed a young ethnographer to head its external department.
The long-term maintenance of the museum is primarily provided by the Covasna County Council, which is funded by the SZNM and the council of the village of Zabola. The collection, professional processing, cultural and scientific programs of the collection are supported by various Romanian, Hungarian foundations, museums and cultural institutes, as well as by individuals. In December 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Culture issued a temporary operating license for the new institution.

The basic exhibition of the Csángó Ethnographic Museum presents the sacred life of the Moldavian Csángós from birth to death. Objects related to the Csángós' religiousness in Hungarian were published in separate exhibits. At the same place you will find archaic interiors of Gorzafalvi, Lespeda and Pusztina, colorful festive costumes, textiles as well as traditional pottery workshop and its products.

In addition to the Csángó Exhibition, visitors can also visit the Szabolcs-Szekely Country House of Zabol, featuring mainly local dwelling culture, traditional festive costumes, Zabolai built heritage, the memorials of the Count Mikes family, and local historical representations. century fireplace tiles.

At the same time, the Zabolai institution has a significant collection of Transylvanian Saxons and Gypsies from Transylvania. Visitors can learn about the traditional Csángó lifestyle and folklore through documentaries. The orientation of researchers and students is mainly facilitated by the Csángó Archives and the ever expanding professional library. University students in ethnography can attend a museum practice at the Zabolai institution, as well as organize a professional seminar for young ethnographers.

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