The ability to record dances did not exist a couple of decades ago. Until that time only visual and verbal describes and notes left memories of it. Details of dance treasures of the old are inevitably gone forever, although there are pieces left we must hold on to, as we kept our songs, melodies, tales and our language for many-many centuries, ignoring foreign rulers in our land. These are the things that make the culture, and add to a heritage.
One of the greatest of our national treasures is the Hungarian folk dance. Its roots may be found in the ancient times, when it was functioning as a part of old ceremonies. The unique moves and forms of today’s folk dances, the uninterrupted movements without transitions, the strong and bold male dances and the fact, in particular, that these dances were mainly male dances, allow us to believe, that the very first of these dances were battle dances. The structures and forms of the playful dances resemble a circle most of the time, which adds to this belief. A fair explanation would be a fire in the middle of the circle, that the participants celebrated by dancing around it. The memories of the warrior past are still protected by our staff dances we still practice to this day. In these dances the handling and whirling of these staffs are resembling sword swings and thrusts, that are easy to recognize. Presumably these dances were used in more dramatic displays formerly.