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A blind Bulgarian woman who is credited with the gift of fortune telling


"Canonical" biography of the Bulgarian clairvoyant is considered a brochure "Vanga", written by her niece Krasimira Stoyanova, published in 1989 by the publishing house "Bulgarian writer"[8]. At the same time, there are different versions of the circumstances under which Vanga received the abilities attributed to her[1].

Vanga was born on January 31, 1911 in Strumitsa in what is now the Republic of Northern Macedonia in a family of farmers Pande (Bulgarian) Russian and Paraskeva Surcheva[2][4][5]. At the same time, historian Raymond Detrez (Bulgarian)Russian indicates that she was born on October 3, 1911 in the town of Petrice[1]. The name was given according to the Bulgarian folk custom of going out and asking the first person she met. But her grandmother did not like the name Andromaha, and after asking the second person she met, the girl was named Vangelia,[5] which in Greek (Greek Ευαγγελία) means "good news."[2][4][6] From an early age she was distinguished by her industriousness, which she retained throughout her life[2][5]. With the outbreak of World War I, Vanga Pande's father was mobilized in the Bulgarian army[2][4]. Her mother died when Vanga was three years old[4][5]. The girl grew up in a neighbor's house. Returning after the war, her widowed father remarried[2].

In 1923, due to financial difficulties (Vanga's father lost his land[2][4]), the family moved to the village of Novo Selo in Macedonia, where her father was from. There, at the age of 12, while returning home with her cousins, Wanga lost her sight due to a hurricane during which a whirlwind blew her hundreds of meters away[1][2][5][6]. She was not found until evening, covered in branches and with her eyes blocked with sand[2][5][6][9]. Her family was unable to provide treatment, and eventually Vanga went blind. (According to another version, Vanga was blinded at the age of 12 by criminals who raped her)[10][11]. In 1925, she was sent to the Home for the Blind in Zemun, Serbia, where she spent three years learning to cook, knit and read Braille[2][5][6][9]. Here Vanga met a blind young man from a wealthy family and was going to marry him, but due to difficult life circumstances in the family (during the fourth birth her stepmother died) she returned to her father's house in Strumica to help take care of her younger brothers Vasil and Tom and sister Lubka[2][5][9].

Vanga's home in the town of Petrice

Vanga first came to public attention during World War II, when it was rumored that she was endowed with supernatural powers and clairvoyance and could locate people who had disappeared in the war, if they were alive, or where they had died and been buried, in her immediate vicinity. This was aided by the fact that on the eve of 1939 Vanga caught a bad cold when she stood barefoot on a cement floor for several days while waiting for a handout for the poor and, in her exhausted state, was unexpectedly able to recover from a severe form of pleurisy. In 1941, Vanga was visited a second time by a certain "mystery rider," after which she began to exhibit supernatural powers. One of Vanga's first titled visitors was King Boris III of Bulgaria, who visited her on April 8, 1942[1][2][5][6][9].

In May 1942, Vanga met Dimitar Gushterov from the village of Kryndzhilitsa in Petrich Okoliya, whom she married, and together they moved to Petrich. Gushterov suffered from alcoholism and died in 1962 of cirrhosis of the liver[2][5][6][12].

Vanga died on August 11, 1996, in Sofia at the Lozinets Clinic of right breast cancer, refusing treatment and surgery[6][13]. She transferred all of her property to the state[6]

Activities and views

According to her followers[edit] Vanga had the ability to identify people's illnesses with great accuracy and predict their future fate. Often she would refer people to healers or doctors who could help them, often without knowing the healers and would say of them: in such and such a town there lives such and such a person.

Vanga's home in Rupita

According to Vanga herself, she owed her powers to some invisible beings, the origin of which she was not able to explain. Vanga's niece, Krasimira Stoyanova, said that Vanga spoke to the souls of the dead or, in cases where the dead could not give an answer, with some inhuman voice. After each such séance Vanga would say: "I get sick and then I'm like a wreck all day" and "I lose a lot of energy, I get sick, I stay in despondency for a long time."[5]

Vanga was supported by the Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of Bulgaria and a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Lyudmila Zhivkova - the daughter of the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the BKP, Chairman of the State Council of the People's Republic of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov,[12] like Zhivkov himself[1]. In 1967 she was registered as a civil servant. From then on, she began to receive an official salary of 200 leva per month, and a visit to her cost 10 leva for citizens of socialist states and $50 for citizens of "Western" states. Until then, Vanga had received people for free, accepting only various gifts[6].

Chapel of Saint Paraskeva (Rupite)

In 1981, Vanga reported that the earth "was under very bad stars, but next year it will be populated by new 'spirits'. They will bring goodness and hope."[5]

In 1994, at the expense of Vanga on the project by architects Bogdan Tomalevsky and Lozan Lozanov in the village of Rupite was built chapel of St. Paraskeva. The frescoes and icons were made by the artist Svetlin Rusev. Due to the non-canonical nature of both the architecture of the building and the wall paintings, the chapel was not consecrated by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, so they simply say "temple" about the building, without specifying its affiliation[1][6][14]. According to the rector of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, which is located in Varna, Bulgaria, "she actually built the temple with her own funds, which is painted by one of the famous Bulgarian artists. But he was clearly trying his hand at church painting for the first time, which resulted in something terrible, in the literal sense of the word."[14]

Vanga's grave

Shortly before her death, Vanga reported that Earth was being visited by alien ships from a planet that sounded like "Wamfim", "third from the planet Earth", and that another civilization was preparing a big event; the meeting with this civilization would take place in 200 years[5][6][15].

Vanga had a good attitude towards theosophy of E. P. Blavatsky and the doctrine of "Living Ethics" by N.K. and E.I. I. Roerichs. Candidate of Philosophy, Hieromonk Job (Gumerov) gives evidence of Vanga's niece - Krasimira Stoyanova, who wrote about a meeting with writer LM Leonov: "Vanga was inspired then, and she spoke about the fateful events for his country. Carried out a connection with the long-dead clairvoyant of Russian origin - Helena Blavatsky. We really heard amazing things. Gumerov also cites Stoyanova's testimony of a visit to Vanga by Svyatoslav Roerich's son, Svyatoslav: "When Vanga was visited by Svyatoslav Roerich, she told him: 'Your father was not just an artist, but also an inspired prophet. All of his paintings - insights, predictions. They are encrypted, but an attentive and sensitive heart will tell the viewer the cipher."[5] St. Sergius of Radonezh Vanga considered a prophet, and described his image, as in the picture of N.K. Roerich[12].



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