In the more specific language of archeologists and historians, this ancient legend tells the story of the great migration of the hungarian tribes: and if we go back one more step, we will find a definite connection between the King Nimrod legend and the Sumerian races of ancient history. And closely linked with the history of the Hungarian tribes is the history of their beautiful shepherd dog, the Kuvasz.

Just as the Hungarian language, music and ancient religion can be traced back to the civilization of ancient Sumeria, so can we pursue the footprints of the Kuvasz. through archeological findings , all the way back to the lost land of Sumer.

Together with the other Hungarian breeds, the Komondor and the Puli, the Kuvasz was carried to central Europe, through northward and westward migrations and finally found a permanent home in the central European basin of pre-war Hungary. and in the surrounding semi-circle of the heavily forested Carpathian mountains.

There are numerous archeological findings which indicate the Sumerian origin of the Kuvasz. a few of which I will mention here. One of the earliest discoveries dates from the 40th. century B.C .Two clay boards found in the Sumerian city of Kish,, east of Babylon in Mesopotamia. The name of the Ku Assa, from which the word "Kuvasz" is derived was inscribed on the boards which are now in the Musee Orient de Paris. The excavation of Kish was under the auspices of the French government and led by Maurice Espreaux.


From Ku Assa to Kuvasz

According to an ancient legend known to every Hungarian school child, one day the two noble sons of King Nimrod, Hunor and Magor, went hunting, each taking fifty hunter-warriors on their journey. Suddenly, a glorious white stag appeared before them and , entranced by its unearthly beauty, they pursued the vision far into unknown lands, across mountains and marshland. Finally, in a clearing deep in a strange forest, they encoutered the lovely daughter of King Bular. Lifting the laughing maidens onto their horses , they rode away, never to return to their father's land.

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