OMG. It just started as a short investigation into the reality (or not) of the Hungarian Táltos and became an amazing lesson in mythology and history and astrology and much more.
From Hungarian Culture :
“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow;
and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
~ Revelations 6:2
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
~ Revelations 19:11-16
It is merely impossible to explain what or who a Táltos is, since the character and the traits are fused with the astrology of Sagittarius. In astrology Sagittarius is also know or is represented as a white horse, this is the mark of purity and of utter most spirituality. The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, this in Greek mythology is Zeus, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. In the Hindu (Bharat) culture Jupiter is regarded as Lord Guru, the great teacher. The cult of the white horse may be found all over the world, not surprisingly since this is the energy that influences the most and shapes the world we live in. Astronomically(!) we are placed in such a way that the energies from the center of our galaxy arrive to us through the constellation of Sagittarius. For our world is so fragile and wouldn’t resist otherwise to the energies it gets split in two, this manifests through the traits of Gemini. This in Magyar folklore is another character with supernatural powers: the Garabonciás. He is often seen riding dragons and coming by the way of the storm riding clouds.
Lets see what a Táltos is. It is important to know that one may not learn how to be a Táltos, the Táltos is born as such, a Táltos. Its knowledge is inborn, the talents and characteristics of the Táltos are given by the time of conception. Does not depend on earthly circumstances either, therefore can not be erased, killed. Death has no power over him. With his given talents has a given path of life to fallow and channels down the energies of the Universe in order to accomplish his destiny, being in direct contact with the Creator (Isten).
Wrongly the Táltos is associated with the Shaman. This is wrong, since the main characteristics of a Shaman is to learn its abilities while a Táltos is born with them. Shaman means “man of knowledge”, man of obtained knowledge. It is a name used by the Siberian Ugric people for their wise man. A good example for a “shaman” is Odin, from Scandinavian mythology, who transcends to the upper, heavenly realm to bring knowledge to the lower realm, the human world. Its opposite is the Táltos who comes from the upper world to the world of man to teach the heavenly knowledge.
- One may learn how to be a Shaman, a Táltos gets its supernatural abilities by birth.
- Shamans use external tools to go into trance, a Táltos may achieve such a state on its own. This is called “révület”, when a Táltos is in trance it’s “révül”.
- Shamans don’t have a horse, while the character of the Táltos is tied or the same as the “táltos horse” (“Táltos paripa”).
A Táltos knows his duties on earth by birth and needs no guides but from the heavenly powers, knows were it is needed and when is needed. The abilities possessed are limitless, are used to set things right and heal, teach death a lesson. A Táltos may be both male or female. It is thought to walk on the Milky Way and wanders among the stars. In the Magyar archaic traditions Jesus Christ is known as the “Heavenly Táltos” (Égi Táltos).
The name Táltos may be translated as “widened” or transcendent, transcendental, as in having the abilities that are beyond the human world. The “Táltos Paripa” is a white horse, may have more then one legs, being faster then any living creature, it can travel with the speed of thought, it eats glowing embers and can fly fast as the speed of thought. Most of the time is shown as a crippled foal, skinny and dirty, mocked by others but once when fed with embers turns into the Wonder Horse (táltos paripa) making things right and heal the world. This symbolism can be traced in other cultures, to name few of them, Christianity, Hinduism, Greek. In Greek culture is the well known Pegasus or the Phoenix bird that rises from its own ashes. The character of Jesus Christ is even more similar, He is mocked, tortured, crucified, then dies only to resurrect. This again is a reoccurring theme in Hungarian folklore where the main character is cut up into several pieces, thrown to the four corners of the kingdom or of the world, but later only to resurrect seven times stronger, seven times wiser, seven times shinier. In Hinduism the same character is called Kalki, the tenth and final avatar of Vishnu, descending at the end of the world (Kali Yuga) to reestablish the order of life. The Magyars are known as the Nation of the White Horse (Fehérlófia).
There are also connections with the Árpád Dynasty and the Carpathians and the Byzantine Court and…it goes on :o)
These drums and this rhythm is known in Indigenous Cultures the world over.
And I won’t even go into the legends and myths of The White Horse today!