Svetla Todorova: analyzing Baba Vanga’s healing practices
Herbs. Other Cures. Rituals.
Without being an herbalist, and without having any formal training in phyto-therapy, Baba Vanga has managed to successfully cure with herbs and other procedures, thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be known everywhere as a prophetess and healer, and people rather would say: “There is this crook there in Petrich”. Instead, people used to say: “There is a saint there in Petrich.”
The case with Baba Vanga is worth a thought. Indeed, the knowledge of healing with herbs has been passed on from generation to generation. But which is this first generation that actually acquired that knowledge. Who is this first person, who possessed the ability to heal? There is no such first person. There is just this millennium-long human experience. People would gather and use grasses, roots, branches – some would recover, others would get poisoned. But besides the empirical knowledge through trial and error, there was another important factor. Those who had passed on to eternity would share their experience. And there have been people with extra-sensory perceptions since ancient times. Strong psychics who would catch the signals: “this herb is poisonous, beware” or “this herb can heal this and that”. The psychics who started healing with herbs would pass on their knowledge to their ancestors and so herbalism would become more and more popular through the ages. Baba Vanga didn’t have any knowledge passed on from predecessors. She used the mechanism from the dawn of mankind. She acquired that knowledge directly from the Intelligent Bodiless Beings.