Boldogasszony

January 1st, 2008 by sabrina

My 100th post! I’m having a hard time finding pictures for some of them, especially for some of the more obscure Goddesses, so don’t be surprised if you see a generic picture turn up one day. Sure, I could just do all the popular ones that have statues and old paintings of them, but that would be boring. You can read about Aphrodite just about anywhere, but where else are you going to be able to learn about Boldogasszony?

Boldogasszony is the Hungarian Goddess of motherhood and birth. She watches over her children and assists with birth. With the coming of Christianity, she was replaced by the Virgin Mary, but one of Hungary’s most famous churches, Sarlos Boldogasszony (Visitation of Our Lady), still bears her name. Boldogasszony means “happy mistress”, and she is also known as Nagyasszony (big mistress) or Kisasszony (little mistress).

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4 responses about “Boldogasszony”

  1. Ellen Smith said:

    The information in this article is totally false and misleading the credulous. I am appalled at your total ignorance of Hungarian history and geography: there is no Hungarian goddess, never was, and this statue of the Madonna you are abusing and insulting, is located in Romania. Furthermore, as a person with “good WASP” upbringing, you should know there is only ONE GOD, the CREATOR; the idea of of gods and goddesses is from the evil one. Read The Holy Bible.

  2. sabrina said:

    Ellen, I would refer you to this list of Hungarian mythology resources:
    Kandra Kabos, “Magyar Mythologia”, Eger, 1897

    Ipolyi Arnold, “Magyar Mythologia”, Pest, 1854

    Dr Zakar András, “A Szumér Hitvilág és a Biblia”, 1973 (2nd publishing)

    Dr Varga Zsigmond, “Az Ösmagyar Mitologia Szumir és Ural-Altáji Öröksége”, San Francisco, 1956.

    Dr Bobula Ida, ” The Great Stagg, A “Sumerian divinity”, reprint from Ancient and Medieval History,
    University of Buenos Aires, 1953?

    Albert Wass, “Selected Hungarian Legends”, Astor, Florida 1971.

    Dömötör Tékla, “Régi és mai magyar népszokások”, Budapest 1986

    Lászlö Gyula, “Régészeti Tanulmányok- Az életfa és az ösi istenasszony”, Budapest.

    Jankovics Marcel, “Csillagok között fényességes csillag – A szent László legenda és a csillagos ég”, Budapest 1987.

    I am assuming that you do understand that there were people living in the area that is now called Hungary before Christianity arose as a religion? Perhaps I should have used the term “Magyar Goddess” rather than Hungarian. Some archaeologists believe that the Magyars are descended from the ancient Sumerians, and that Boldogasszony is a form of the Sumerian Goddess Bau.

    Oh, and many people worshipped Gods and Goddesses long before Christians invented the Devil. Read The Odyssey, The Iliad, the Rig Veda, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Pyramid Texts, the Avesta, etc.

  3. Ellen Smith said:

    Sabrina, did you read all these books in Hungarian?

  4. Bo (Boldogasszony said:

    Since I AM Hungarian…grandparents born in Budapest…Mother and her siblings spoke only Hungarian until they went to school, I was naturally raised in this environment.
    When I became an adult and began to explore feminine spirituality, I took the name of Boldogasszony as my Goddess name and have become known as Bo from then on.
    I’m vey happy to have found this page