(From: Altaic Religious Beliefs and Practices. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference, Budapest June 24-29, 1990. Edited by Géza Bethlenfalvy, Ágnes Birtalan, Alice Sárközi, Judit Vinkovics. (Research Group for Altaic Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences / Department of Inner Asian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1992).)
The 33rd Meeting of the PIAC was held in Budapest from the 24th to the 29th June 1990.
The meeting was arranged and organized by Alice Sárközi — who presided — , Géza Bethlenfalvy and the permanent General Secretary, Prof. Denis Sinor.
In the morning on Monday, 25th June 1990, official welcome speeches were given during the opening plenary session by Prof. Béla G. Németh, President of the Language and Literature Section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Prof. G. Hazai, President of the Csoma de Körös Society, Prof. D. Sinor, General Secretary of the PIAC.
There were 136 participants representing 20 countries. During the sessions a series of papers were devoted to the central theme “Altaic Religious Beliefs”; studies concerning other fields of Altaic studies were also read and discussed.
A sightseeing tour in Budapest, an excursion to the city museum of Szentendre, receptions given by the Embassies of Mongolia and Turkey, a cocktail party given by the Embassy of Japan all offered good opportunities of friendly and scholarly discussions and exchange of views.
On the final session held Friday, 29th June, the invitation of Prof. Barbara Kellner-Heinkele to hold the next PIAC conference in Berlin was gratefully accepted.
The conference was closed by a reception given by Prof. Domokos Kosáry, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.