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Attila is a comon name in Hungary. What is the connection with the Huns?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 11:13:29 AM EST
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Well noticed.

The fun fact is that some three centuries later, the historian (e.g. false history writer) of one king thought it would be good to turn this around and make Attila kind of a positive hero (first uniter of Europe, you see), and his brother Buda (whom Attila murdered) the ancestor of the royal family: combine some old legend about a deer with an invented odyssey across the steppes, throw in some long lost tribes mentioned in the Bible. This version got the dissing after Enlightement scientists started tracing language (to Finno-Ugrians) and culture. (That is, got the dissing except for the far-right - but the far-right also believes that Sumerians were Hungarians...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 07:01:15 PM EST
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