Music of the Ugrian Peoples: Khanty, Mansi & Magyar

Khanty women in Man Uskve

Two Khanty Women east of the Ural Mountains, near the Ob River

The Hungarian language is closely related to two small nations in Western Siberia. Together, the Magyar, the Mansi, and the Khanty form the Ugric branch of the Finno-Ugric language group.

Khanty Child

A Khanty Child in the Taiga of Western Siberia

Here are videos of Mansi and Khanty music.  They were filmed by the Hungarian musician Nandor Kovács.


A Khanty Song, prefaced by counting the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4.  It has the same orgin as the Magyar numbers:

egy, kettő, három, négy (Magyar)

yit, kat, xutem, nyatə (Khanty)

A Mansi Song played on a zither-like instrument similar to a Finnish kantele. The photos are not only of the Mansi, but of artwork from the wider cultural area that shaped Hungarian and other Finno-Ugric cultures.

Finally, here is Nandor Kovács playing a traditional Magyar song on a modern-day equivalent of a Hungarian long flute:










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