• Discover Ancient Bulgarian Myths, Legends, Folklore, and Mythology
• Meet Heroes from Greek Mythology with Thracian Origins
• Enjoy Diverse, Delicious Modern and Traditional Bulgarian Recipes
A book for children and adults from 8 to 108 who would like to take a journey and discover Bulgarian folk tales, legends, and mythology. Whether you want to learn a little about their ancient Thracian origins, or you want to experience rituals practiced throughout the year with a fictitious Bulgarian family, or even if you’re only interested in traditional Bulgarian cuisine, this book has something for everyone.
Bulgarian’s take pride in their heritage and culture, which is rich in folklore and traditions. Some people say the nation practices thousands of rituals. In the process of writing Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey, I learned about many of these customs. I found myself asking “Why?” on numerous occasions. Why did the people do the things they did? Those “whys” resulted in further research. What were the origins of these customs and rituals? What did they mean?
What I discovered was an overlap of pagan and Christian beliefs. Many customs date back to the days when the Thracians inhabited the area which is now modern-day Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. So much of the material I read said the traditions had Thracian origins, but few articles delved into what those Thracian beliefs actually were. So the research continued.
I discovered the rituals focused on the seasons and life cycles, both of nature and mankind. Then as today, rituals emphasized fertility, birth, marriage, death, and immortality through rebirth. Honoring the dead was as important in ancient times as it is today, since the spirits of the departed protected the living from evil forces. And so, many of these rituals are performed specifically for that reason—to protect the family from malevolent spirits and creatures who wander between the realms of heaven, earth, and the underworld. But the rituals are not only about protection. Health and fortune are common themes.
Light Love Rituals is the result of this research. It introduces you to modern customs and rituals kept alive by generations since the time Thrace was a thriving nation, even though the ancient people themselves may have long been forgotten. It’s a summation of many months spent researching. Although I did search for reliable sources to validate the claims made in many articles, this book is not meant to be a scholarly document. Nor is it an exhaustive study of rituals. It’s information I found interesting that I wanted to share so other people can take the same journey to discover another culture.
Many of these rituals are part of the story of Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey. Although much of the content is common knowledge among those who practice these beliefs, I hope even they will discover something new, something they can pass on to future generations to keep the customs alive.
To make it fun like the customs themselves, I’ve included activities and recipes to more completely give you a taste of Bulgarian culture.
Also we are so happy to report that our book “Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths Legends and Folklore” is live on Amazon as paperback or ebook.
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