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Atilla Mátéffy



  • 10/2018 – present Doctorate Student at the University of Bonn in the structured doctorate programme “Bonn International Graduate Schools – Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS)”
  • 10/2016 – present Master of Arts Mongolian Studies, Univerity of Bonn
  • 09/2010 – 06/2012 Master of Arts in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Szeged, Hungary
  • 09/2009 – 06/2011 Master of Arts in Altaic Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary
  • 09/2006 – 06/2009 Bachelor in Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology, University of Szeged, Faculty of Arts (Hungary); Auxiliary Subject: Altaic Studies 



  • 04/2017 – present Book cataloguer (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) in the Faculty Library of Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA), University of Bonn



Articles and book sections 


  • Mátéffy, A. 2018. (forthcoming) Hunting and Marriage: Environmental Perception and Pre-linguistic Image Schemas in the Cognition of Early Hunter-Gatherers and Nomads in Central Eurasia. In Apatóczky, Á. B. & I. Zimonyi (eds) Proceedings of the 60th PIAC Conference. Budapest: Studia Uralo-Altaica.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2018. (forthcoming) Sword Bridge, Chinvat Bridge and Golden Deer: Passages to the Otherworld in Vedic, Zoroastrian, Sarmatian and Arthurian Tradition. Cosmos, Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2017. The Wonderful Deer (ATU 401): A Pre-Buddhist Inner Asian Cultural Substratum Element in Tibetan Cosmology. Pp. 337-349. In Mátéffy, A., Szabados, Gy. and Csernyei, T. (eds) Shamanhood and Mythology: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy and Current Techniques of Research. In Honour of Mihály Hoppál, celebrating his 75th Birthday. Budapest: Hungarian Society for Religious Studies.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2016. Mothers in Power: Phase Transitions of the Turn to Myth. The Case of Violant of Hungary, Satanaya of the Nart Epic, and Alan-Qo’a with Lady Hö’elün of the Secret History of the Mongols. In Lisiecki, M., L. Milne and N. Yanchevskaya (eds) Power and Speech. Mythology of the Social and the Sacred. Torun: Eikon. Pp. 217-228.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2015. Mother Mary in the Rising Sun: A “Ritual Drama” among the Csango Hungarians. Sprawy Narodowościowe, Seria nowa / Nationalities Affairs, New series, 47: 80-94.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2014. The Earth-Diver: Hungarian Variants of the Myth of the Dualistic Creation of the World – Pearls in the Primeval Sea of World Creation. Sociology Study 4 (5): 423-437.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2013. Az Árpád-ház szerepe a csodaszarvas-történetek európai elterjedésében (The Role of the Árpád Dynasty in the Dissemination of the Legends of Wonderful Deer in Europe). Ethnographia 124 (1): 1-40.
  • Mátéffy, A. 2012. The Hind as the Ancestress, Ergo Virgin Mary – Comparative Study about the Common Origin Myth of the Hun and Hungarian People. Sociology Study 2 (12): 941-962.
  • 11/2018 “Color Categorization and the Problems of Language Typology of Transeurasian Languages: The Case of Embodied Visual Perception of the Optical Phenomena of Light and the Color Name Red”, 13th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference, University of New Mexico.
  • 10/2018 “Central Eurasian and North Asian Indigenous Ontologies: The Totemic Marriage Between the Hunter and the Chased Doe”, 19th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • 10/2018 “Sarmatian-Celtic Cultural Contacts in Thrace and Beyond: Trade of Central Eurasian Beliefs, Religious Concepts and More”, The Second Eurasian Doctoral Colloquium, Bonn, Germany. 
  • 06/2018 “The enchanted princess of Sicily, Violant of Hungary as well as Yolanda of Aragon and Sicily: The encounter of cultures, identities, and the journey of the folk narrative ATU 401”, Interim Conference of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), SDS of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Ragusa - Department of Humanities (DISUM) University of Catania, Ragusa, Italy. 
  • 06/2018 “The Emergence of Other Beings Instead of Humankind at the End of the World: Some Hungarian Eschatological Legends and Fragments Corresponding with the Mongolian Buddhist Concepts”, Twelfth Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology (IACM), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
  • 04/2018 “The Cognitive Foundations of an Ancient North Eurasian Religious System: A Case Study of Perception, Categorization, Semantics, and Embodiment”, Eighth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA.
  • 02/2018 “Siberian Strata of the Oirat Ethnic Identity: The Qasing Qan ba tegün-ü čečen tüsimel and the North Asian Indigenous Ontologies”, The Oirat and Kalmyk in Mongolia, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and China – Looking for an Oirat identity in the 20th and 21st century. International Conference, State and University Library of Göttingen University, Germany.
  • 09/2017 “Mongolization of Basic Color Terms and of the Theory of Basic Color Terms and its Critics: A Case Study About the Visual Perception of Optical Phenomena of Light in Mongolian Language, and the Problem of ’Colour Universals’, Linguistic Relativity, as well as Western-Centrism of Social Sciences”, 33. Deutscher Orientalistentag, „Asien, Afrika und Europa”, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany.
  • 08/2017 “Hunting and Marriage: Environmental Perception and Pre-Linguistic Image Schemas in the Cognition of Early Hunter-Gatherers and Nomads in Central Eurasia”, 60th Annual Meeting of the PIAC: Ideas Behind Symbols – Languages Behind Scripts. Székesfehérvár, Hungary. 
  • 06/2017 “The Sword Bridge, the Chinvat Bridge as well as the Golden Deer and the Tutelary Spirits of the Shaman: The Coherent Symbols and Characters of the Passage to the Otherworld”, 11th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • 03/2017 “Changes in the Structure and Roles of a Homeland Ritual in a Moldavian Csango Village through the Lens of Dwelling and Work Migration”, 13th SIEF Congress, University of Göttingen, Germany.
  • 11/2016 “Gateway to Western Europe: The Northeaster Carpathian Mountains as Cultural Pass between the Eurasian Steppes and the Western Sedentary World”, American Folklore Society and ISFNR. 2016 AFS/ISFNR Joint Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, Florida, USA.
  • 07/2016 “The Legacy of a Totemic Belief and its Transmission in the 21st Century”, European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), 14th Biennial Conference, Department of Human Science for Education 'Riccardo Massa' and Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy.
  • 05/2016 “The Differences of Mythological Views of Time: A Case Study about the Determined Period of Time of the Waiting for the Expectant Wife”, 10th Annual Conference of International Association for Comparative Mythology (IACM), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. 
  • 10/2015 “A Shamanic Origin »Ritual Drama« and its Sacred Space in East-Central Europe under Threat of the Changes of the 21th Century”, The Twelfth Conference of International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism (ISARS), European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece. 
  • 10/2014 “The Hungarians in the Caucasian Mountains in the 6th-9th Centuries A.D.: An Interdisciplinary Approach”, Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) 15th Annual Conference, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • 05/2014 “The Fight and Marriage of the Hero with the Daughter of the Dragon King”, 8th Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology (IACM), Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia.
  • 10/2013 “Hungarian Variants of the Myth of the Dualistic Creation of the World”, Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) 14th Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA. 
  • 10/2012 “Comparative Studies on a Central Eurasian Legend Group (Deer Chasing)”, Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) 13th Annual Conference, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA. 
  • 09/2012 “Hungarian Verbs of Old Turkish Origin”, VII. Uluslararası Türk Dili Kurultayı, 7th International Congress of Turkish Language. Türk Dil Kurumu (The Turkish Language Association), Ankara, Turkey.





(10 Months)  DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant, Department of Turkish Studies and Central Asian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany; Suppervisor: Prof. Dr. Jens Peter Laut


(2 Months) DAAD Intensive Language Course (level C1), Goethe Institut Göttingen, Germany


(2 Months) DAAD Intensive Language Course (level B2), Marburg, Germany 


(4 months) Erasmus Practical Placement Scholarship, Beypazan, Yasayan Müze, Turkey         (Living Museum, Ankara Province)


(8 months) 'BasarI Bursu' (Success Scholarship Program for Graduate Students), Republic of Trukey Prime Ministry, Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities,                         Republic of Turkey


(5 months)  Balassi institute - Hungarian Scholarship Board Office, Partial studies in Mongolia (1/7.), Mongolian State University, Ulaanbaatar


(5 months -elongation)  Erasmus Schoarship, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey


(5 months)   Erasmus Scholarship, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey 


(2 months) Balassi Institute - Hungarian Scholarship Board Office, Intensive Language             Course (17/b), Turkish Language Izmir, Turkey