Béla Hamvas (1897-1968) was a Hungarian writer who was the first exponent of Tradition, as understood by René Guénon and Julius Evola, in his country, and remains a highly respected writer and novelist outside metaphysical circles as well. The following essay appeared in The Hungarian Quarterly no. 3 (March 1937).
When a Hungarian hears the word “Bakony” the picture evoked in his mind is not of the mountain range in western Hungary, which skirts lake Balaton for a hundred and fifty kilometres. Geographical names are usually mere names. (more…)