Baba Vanga and her life described in greater details
Baba Vanga was born on 31-Jan-1911 in the town of Strumica – former Yugoslavia, in the family of small farmers. From his father she inherited resilience, love for the underprivileged and sense of justice, while from her mother she took her cheerful character and strict attitude towards neatness and order.
She was born 2 months before the proper time. She was very weak, with her ears stuck to the head and her fingers on both arms and feet stuck together as well. Nobody knew if the child will live, but to give her a chance they put her close to the fireplace, wrapped in ox tripe and unwashed wool hoping the child will survive to the ninth month. One night in March the baby cried and the old ladies that looked after the kid told the troubled mother that the baby was born. There was a custom in the region that if unsure that a baby will live, the baby cannot be named. The next morning again according to the custom, the grandmother of the child went out on the street and asked the first woman that she met, to offer a name for the newly born. The woman suggested Andromaha. During that time many women carried Greek names, but the grandmother did not like it, and she asked a second woman who offered Vangelia (means bringer of good news) for a name. This name was also Greek, but it was so popular that the grandmother accepted it as a Bulgarian name and approved it.
The father – Pande Surchev was still a youngster when he joined the rebels and their movement against the ottoman empire. He was captured by the Turks and send to jail with a life sentence. He was tortured without a hope for survival, but then the Ottoman government had major change in 1908 when the empire was restructured to Constitutional Monarchy. The new government released the prisoners. He returned home, he found out that the rebels are still active and joined them again. Soon after however the rebels disbanded and everybody returned to their homes.