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The origin of the Fekete-tó (Black Lake) in Farkasfa

oral tradition and folk verse


The Fekete-tó is located at the junction of the settlements Orfalu, Farkasfa and Szalafő. It is not a lake filled with water but a peat bog, a swamp. Its origin is recorded in several versions. At Farkasfa, public lore has it, that church stood in its place. Once, a woman was late for the Christmas Midnight Mass. When she reached the threshold of the church, she said to herself that she should sink with the shame together with the church. And her wish was fulfilled. Since then, every night at midnight, a bell rings from the lake. Some say Ferenc Tóka's grandfather observed the phenomenon one Christmas night and saw a priest and two altar boys sinking in the middle of the lake.

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Name of site
Other settlement names
Farkischdorff, Farkasovczy, Farkaschfa, Farkischdorf, Farkisdorf, Farkasovczi, Farkasovczy, Farkissovczi
Conveyance of tradition, knowledge or activity
Gyula Róka, Ferenc Takács
Specialist description
Nemes-Népi Zakál György már 1818-ban is mocsárként írja le a tavat: „Szalafőn a Fekete Tó, amely a Hegyek közt egy olyan le Süllyedő motsár, melyben a leghosszabb le szúrt fa sem ér kemény feneket.”
Written sources
Vas megye földrajzi nevei. Szombathely, 1982, 391.
Magyar Zoltán: Őrségi mesék és mondák. Magyar népköltészet tára XV. Budapest, 2013.
Web page (Letöltés ideje: 2019. 03. 21.) . (Letöltés ideje: 2019. 03. 21.)
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Mukicsné Kozár Mária

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