44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 26
Tömörkény István (1866–1917) was a Hungarian writer, journalist, ethnographic researcher; he wrote the piece included here – Gül Baba’s pilgrims – in 1916. Gül Baba – the Ottoman Bektashi dervish poet and companion of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent – died in Buda in 1541 at the beginning of the 150 year long Turkish occupation of Hungary. His tomb still stands in Buda today. This writing tells of traces of the Turks that still existed at the time it was written, which included pilgrimages that Turks made to pay respects at Gül Baba’s tomb.