About Kukkonia

To remember the old ones is to respect our traditions. To love, honor and guard the ancient land where our ancestors lived and worked, the land where we were born and live, or from where we set out into the world and to where we ultimately return, seeking peace and joy – is a duty. Every nation is proud of its country, its fatherland, honoring its historical and cultural artifacts and cultivating its ancient traditions. This is our aim…

The many myths and legends that were created in pre-historic times were kept alive for centuries on the lips of those who settled in Great Rye Island. On long winter nights shepherds, also said to be shamans, and old crones suspected of witchcraft, told stories of ancient times when Great Rye Island was inhabited by fairies with supernatural powers, benign goblins, enchanted maidens called wilis, roaring dragons, tree-pulling giants and other miraculous creatures.

In historical documents we mostly encounter the Hungarian name of the island “Csallóköz” written in different forms. Some romantic explanations of the name exist in the folklore. One story tells of how Great Rye Island was also called “Kukkónia”. Legend has it that this folk name originated in the times of the Tatar invasion. The legend tells that the word “kukk” originates from the croak of a native frog, the fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina), which the hiding folk imitated (kukk-koh), in order to communicate with each other, informing the others of their whereabouts or of the enemy’s approach.