Building Site Sacrifice – According to popular belief not every place brings good luck; therefore not every place is suitable for a home or a building. This belief was evident not only among primitive tribes but also among contemporary European nations. Jordanes, 6th century Roman bureucrat wrote concerning the Huns that when they reached the border of Sycthia they drew lots who should be the first to enter; then they sacrificed him in order that the nation should be fortunate in conquering the land. According to the chronicles this was the fate of chieftain Álmos when his people arrived to the chosen land. He was sacrificed as appeasement in order that his people should be fortunate when conquering the chosen land, their future home. Nowadays the ceremonial immurement of various scripts or objects in the foundation (corner) stone of a building is the remnant of former blood sacrifices. At one time through propitiation man bought the right to build the property from the guardian spirit of the soil. Human sacrifice was customary through immurement, especially in castles and fortresses, but also in other buildings. In Hungarian folklore the story of the wife of stonemason Kelemen Kőmives is preserved in a folk ballad. She was immured in the fortress walls of Déva, Transylvania. B: 0942, 1078, T: 7682.→Huns; Álmos; Jordanes; Kőmives, Klemen, Mrs.
Bujtor, István (Stephen Frenreisz) (Budapest, 5 May 1942 - Budapest, 25 September 2009) – Actor, stage manager. His higher studies were at the University of Economics, Budapest, where he graduated in 1965. At first he worked as manual laborer and waiter. He received his first film role in 1964. He was on the stage of the Circle Theater (Körszínház) in 1966. Soon he was acting in the Kisfaludy Theater (Kisfaludy Színház) at Győr and, in 1968, he worked at the Attila József Theater (József Attila Színház), Budapest. In 197l, he was with the National Theater (Pécsi Nemzeti Színház), Pécs; in 1976, he acted at the Comedy Theater (Vígszínház), Budapest; from 1978 to 1988 he worked with the Mafilm troupe; between 1989 and 1998 he was with the Vörösmarty Theater (Vörösmarty Színház), Székesfehérvár and from 1990 he was manager of the Bujtor Film Co. His major stage roles include Stanley Kowalski in T. Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (A vágy villamosa); Petrucchio in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (Makrancos hölgy), and Lennie in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (Egerek és emberek). There are some 48 filmroles to his credit, including The Baron’s Sons vols. i,ii (A kőszívü ember fiai I, II) (1964); Boys from the Square (Fiúk a térről) (1967); I am Jerome (Én vagyok Jeromos), (1970); The Pendragon Legend (Pendragon legenda) (1974); Magellán (1977); The Pagan Madonna (A pogány Madonna) (1980); The Three Muskeeters in Africa (A három testőr Afriában) (1980), and Comedians (Komédiások), (1999). He also stage-managed a number of plays, including Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (Egerek és emberek), Kerr’s Mary, Mary; Molnár’s Liliom (later adapted byRodgers and Hammerstein as the musical Caeousel); and Calude Magnier’s Oscar. He was national sailboat champion in 1977 and Co-President of the National Basketball Association. He was a popular actor, half-brother of actor Zoltán Latinovics, who died tragically. He was a recipient of the Béla Balázs Prize (1979) and the Film Critics’ Prize (1979). – B: 0874, T: 7103.→Latinovics, Zoltán.