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NOTES FROM HISTORY: Baba Vanga

Author: Lucy Cooper Date: Mon, Dec 19 2005 35 Comments, 64375 Views
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WHAT do the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Chernobyl disaster, Boris Yeltsin's electoral victory, the date of Stalin's death, the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk, and Topalov's victory in the world chess tournament this year have in common? Before conspiracy theorists get carried away; they are all events said to have been foretold by "Baba Vanga".


Evangelia "Vanga" Dimitrova, or Baba Vanga, as she was know to many Bulgarians, is a powerful, mystical figure in Bulgaria's recent history, whose prophecies have been compared by some to those of Nostradamus.


Vanga was born in 1911. She lived in Petrich near Rupite mineral springs, in the mountains south of Melnik. But beyond this, as is often the case with such figures, it is difficult to separate the fact from the fiction in accounts of her life, as mythologies have grown up and interwoven around her.


The popular story goes that when she was a child, Vanga was caught in a storm or twister, which uprooted trees, blew sand and dust into her eyes and whisked her into the air, before leaving her in a field some distance from her house. When the storm abated, the young Vanga was found to have lost the sight in both her eyes. It was then, when she became blind, that she was said to have received her `gift'. This gift consisted of the ability to foretell the future, to `see' what to others was not visible and thus locate things and people, and to communicate with those who were not physically present; skills referred to by some as clairvoyant or psychic.


In one version of the story, it is said that her skill developed slowly, and that it was not until one day when her father - a shepherd - lost one of his sheep, and she was able to locate it because she could `see' where it was, despite her blindness, that Vanga's talent was recognised. Whatever the truth in this account, as people heard of Vanga's special skills, they came to her for consultations, often wanting news of loved ones fighting in the war. She also developed a skill for healing people by using flowers and herbs.


Some say that Vanga would request a piece a piece of sugar from each of her visitors, which acted as a crystal to focus energy and aided her powers of intuition. "The space around us contains the information about everything. One has to know the way to find it," Pravda.ru quoted Yury Negribetsky, a researcher into clairvoyance, as saying in regard to this.


As word of Vanga's talents travelled, so people were prepared to travel to visit her. Among Vanga's visitors were village people, intellectuals, ministers and politicians. Former prime minister Zhan Videnov and former communist dictator Todor Zhivkov are both reported to have sought her counsel. Petar Stoyanov also went to see her at the start of his (successful) campaign as a presidential candidate.


Such was her standing, that when the communists came to power in 1945, she was not interfered with, and later they even made allowance for her, making her what has been described as the first "subsidised prophetess".


The Vanga phenomenon attracted attention from many researchers, including the Bulgarian Dr Georgi Lozanov, who earnt a name for himself in the field of education with his Suggestopedia approach to teaching. This involved using techniques derived from yoga to combine suggestion and relaxation to make the brain more receptive to data. "Used in education, these techniques show phenomenal promise to increase language learning, memory, artistic and musical ability. Lozanov also is applying his techniques towards the development of mental healing and dermal vision," wrote Jeffry Mishlove, PhD in his book, The Roots of Consciousness.


As director of the Institute of Suggestology and Paraphyschology in Sofia, Lozanov was interested in telepathy and extra sensory perception (ESP). "One of Lozanov's many research activities involves the evaluation of the predictions made by the blind, peasant woman, Vanga Dimitrova, who may be the modern world's first Government supported prophetess. (In fact, the Institute of Suggestology and Parapsychology, with over thirty staff members, is supported by the Bulgarian government.)," wrote Mishlove. "Studies are reported to have shown that Dimitrova's predictive abilities - particularly strong in terms of finding lost relatives and friends - are about eighty percent accurate."


Despite this apparently high success rate, tales of Vanga's prophecies of course attracted scepticism from some quarters. "Because it was such a major disaster that resulted in the loss of many lives, a psychic prophet predicted it many years before the incident.  Also like many such predictions, nobody realised that she had made the prophecy until a month after the disaster," said the Sceptic Report in relation Vanga's prediction of the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine. The report cites the Netizens for Spin-Free News: "Among the predictions she said `Kursk will be underwater, and the whole world will mourn about it.' She went on to say, `it can happen in 1999 or in 2000. But that it would happen for sure in the month of August.'"


The report points to flaws in this prediction, saying: "Kursk is also a city, and there's nothing to say that she was thinking of a submarine when she made it.  Shouldn't she have been more specific, maybe my mentioning the fact that it was a craft and not a location? Nineteen ninety-nine and 2000 are years that made excellent targets for all kinds of disastrous tragedies. That she would choose either year is nothing amazing. We really have no idea how many other predictions she made, or how accurate they were.  We'll go by NSFN again: `According to Russian Psychologist Tatiana Somova, psychic predictions are easy to believe after-the-fact and many of Vanga's predictions have passed without being fulfilled.'"


That notwithstanding, accounts from Bulgarians portray Vanga as a humble woman who wanted to help people; gaining fame for her predictions was not her motivation, and such criticisms seem irrelevant in the face of the respect that Bulgarians have for her and the high esteem in which she is held.


The depth of the nation's feeling for her and her important place in society were seen at the event of her death and reflected in the fact that state news agency BTA issued a news flash on August 11 1996, when she died of breast cancer in a Sofia hospital. Georgi Pirinski, Petar Stoyanov and other high-profile politicians sent condolences to her family. "She lived not for herself but for the people. That made her a living saint for us," said then-prime minister Zhan Videnov.


An interesting footnote to Vanga's story, is that she has also been embraced by UFO enthusiasts around the world. UFO Roundup cites an exchange between their correspondent Yassen Kobarelov and a Ms Stoyanova, said to be Vanga's niece: "According to Mme. Stoyanova, her aunt was in contact with ETs from the planet Vamfim. The entities appeared as elderly bearded sages with mystic and severe expressions and brilliant costumes, saying that the time of contact is not yet ended. There will be even more surprising evidence (of alien contact) in the future. They showed her a vision of a planet surrounded by bright stars in her house' at Petrich," says the report.


According to some sources, one of Vanga's last predictions was that a gift similar to hers had been received by a blind 10-year-old girl living in France, and that soon the world was to hear of her. Time will tell.


For now, Vanga lives on in the hearts of the many who visited her and believe her to be a prophet. St Petka church in Rupite, near Petrich was constructed in remembrance of her and though not officially approved by the Bulgarian Orthodox church, many still visit it to pay their respects to the memory of this remarkable woman.

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      #42 08, 48, Fri, Mar 04 2011

      anyone can tell me about 2012, or nibiru?

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      #36 01, 38, Thu, Dec 16 2010

      И тут Ванга повернулась: "Где твой отец?" Я ответил, что в Германии. Она долго молчала, и я понял, что она знает про его рак. "Скоро, - говорит, - эту хворь победят, закуют в железо" allprophet.ru

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      #32 23, 28, Thu, Oct 07 2010

      I think i might be related 2 her.......

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      #31 20, 31, Sat, May 22 2010

      The book Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain writes of Vanga. The authour validated thousands of her predictions about the lives of those who came to see her. She was the real deal, according to him! Also sceptical gov officials were led to her. She made predictions about them and they were so impressed they set up her salary!

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      #30 17, 04, Wed, Mar 24 2010

      guys, she is just a great women, everyone is seing that, she helped meny people she is a saint , believe or not she has known many things

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      #29 04, 13, Wed, Mar 10 2010

      aaa ne znaev deka bila mazena

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      #28 16, 56, Sat, Jan 09 2010

      where is tru?!

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      #25 05, 34, Thu, Aug 20 2009

      In the past I was collecting stories from people who have visited her. To the best of my knowledge she avoided predicting bad events, and never predicted a war in any year. The only frightening comment I know about has been "There will be time when even grass will not grow". No mentioning when, why, or who or what will cause that.

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      #24 01, 04, Wed, Aug 12 2009

      Vanga could predict the future, but her main activity was to help people - ill or seeking for lost close relatives. She could see at a distance and describe precisely a place (sometimes a thousand kilometers away) where to search for the body of a missing person. I was impressed by a story about her talk with Russian astronauts - she told one of them that she see his parents and described how they are dressed, but can't understand why she see them almost as dwarfs. The guy was surprised and replied that his parents are of normal size. The [...]

      Read the full comment parents lived on the far Nord of Russia, beyond the polar circle. It was then supposed that her vision perhaps varies with the latitude of the place people live. Vanga tried to warn in 1960s a famous Bulgarian soprano not to fly the next month to Prague, because "a bad thing may happen". She didn't listen and died in such plain crash.

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      #22 11, 15, Mon, Aug 10 2009

      I could only read about a couple of "fullfilled" predictions of her and of some future predictions. Is there some way to read about all of her old predictions?

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      #21 01, 04, Wed, Aug 05 2009

      I dont believe a word what she says or has said..a mediocre girl from countryside without any knowledge of bilogical weapon industry can predict a war..

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      #20 07, 05, Thu, Jul 30 2009

      Ask Michio Kaku, the one who knows

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      #19 04, 04, Sat, Jul 18 2009

      It doesn't take a seer to figure out what ahead of us just read the newspapers, its' all there.

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      #18 19, 35, Mon, Jul 13 2009

      Vanga's last prediction was nearly correct. The little girl is true. She is alive today. Vanga was a little off on her prediction though...she is not from France but from Russia. She is not blind. When Vanga died, she was 12 years old. She lives in America today and has visions and has been visited by Jesus. The woman today knows of events that are coming soon. Very soon. She has been speaking with hundreds of Russians every day now for months via the internet. When asked what to do when the disasters strike, her answer is to go back [...]

      Read the full comment to God, Fast..I know these things. I married this woman. Praise Jesus!!!

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      #17 03, 49, Thu, Jul 09 2009

      We're all going to die sooner or later.But thinking about it will only make us miserable.Just enjoy life while you have it! :)

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      #16 00, 31, Wed, Jun 24 2009

      but she is such a cool grandma
      i love her ^^

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      #15 00, 30, Wed, Jun 24 2009

      in honest... i don't care... it's going to be what is going to be xD

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      #8 09, 45, Sat, Mar 28 2009

      In 1911 Makedonia belonged to Serbia. She was Bulgarian. Her neese published recipies and the site was functional few years ago but now I guess it is gone. Look for it on Dir.bg. it may be still there. Do not friek out, dede, the predictions about the world are most probably not hers. It is some crap going on line lately that showed 12 years after she died. She can not defend herself and people are putting stuff in her mouth that I do not believe she said.

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      #6 02, 53, Sat, Mar 07 2009

      i tink only god knows what is gowing to hapend.

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      #5 16, 44, Fri, Feb 27 2009

      The same articles, the same limited information appearing on several different sights is not at all helpful for any research into this woman's prophesies.

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      #4 20, 57, Sun, Feb 22 2009

      Does enyone know, if there is a new film about her? I saw one in youtube, but it was in russia. Thanks!

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      #2 02, 24, Sun, Feb 08 2009

      actually she was born is Strumica in the Ottoman Empire. There was no Macedonia in 1911

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      #1 15, 41, Wed, Feb 04 2009

      you forget to mention that she was born in town of Strumica in Macedonia and she moved in bulgaria after she got maried with bulgarian oficer.

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