Story told by Penka Kraeva from Karnare, Plovdiv Province
In 1966 I gave birth to a boy who passed away three days after his birth. After two years through Ceaser section I had another boy, but unfortunately he lived also three days. Doctors couldn’t find the reasons for my misfortune.
One day a good friend of mine told me that she will be visiting Baba Vanga, so I am more than welcomed to go with her.
I went with her and my husband. My friend had booked an appointment well in advance, so she was accepted immediately. I stayed at the local hotel so I can book myself as well. After 4 days Baba Vanga accepted me, and asked me why did I come. With a very sad voice I told her:
– We came here because we don’t have children yet. She paused for a moment and said:
– Well you had children. You had two boys, but they were not yours – because they were born in the 8th month, and God took them away. Now you will have third, but I have to give her the name and she will live.
– Alright Baba Vanga, whatever you say this is what we will do – I said with a crying voice.
Then Baba Vanga continued:
– Penka, you are not pregnant now, but when you are, on the 4th month you will bring me a doll and a diaper.
In the beginning of 1971 I got pregnant again. In May when I was in my 4th month, I took my mother-in-law and went to Petrich again, to take the doll and the diaper to Baba Vanga. She took the stuff and performed a very strange ritual and then said:
– Now you will have a child! Which is the nearest city to Karnare?
– Kazanlak – I said
– No, tell me another one
– Yes – this is where you will give birth to your child – they have good doctors in Plovdiv. Once you have your child, come here so I can give her the name.
Again in the 8th month, I went to the General Hospital in Plovdiv. On 24th of September I gave birth to a very small baby girl – she didn’t have even 3 kg. Once I got out of the anaesthesia the doctors aksed me how to name her. I asked them not to hurry, as I still don’t know what will be the name and Baba Vanga will be the one that will give the name. I called my family, and they head out to Petrich immediately.
My husband and my mother-in-law gave Baba Vanga the doll and the diaper again and she said:
– Three days I am struggling to find a name for your baby – the superior powers don’t give me a break. It will not be named after you (she meant my mother-in-law) – Tina, or after her mother – Ivana…no,no,no!
Baba Vanga went into some sort of trance, yelling and talking loud. She threw away the doll in one of the room corners and said: – Don’t cry, don’t cry there…Eva, Eva, Eva will be the name of your child!
I was anxiously waiting for them to give me a call, and when I found out about the name, I felt very happy, as I loved it. Once Eva was 40 days old, we decided to baptize her so we took her to Baba Vanga.
The ritual that she did was quite intriguing. Then Baba Vanga gave Eva a gift – a sleeping doll that she loved very much even when she got older. On our way out Baba Vanga said: Once Eva is 1 year old, please bring her to me so I see her how much she grew up. She will grow up well, she will become educated, she will get married and she will have two children.
One day, when Eva was already 5, and friend of ours came into our house and said with an excitement: – Penka, Baba Vanga came to our village – she is in a car at the central square. I was so happy that I rushed out to visit her without even putting on my shoes. Indeed it was Baba Vanga – she was heading out to the Troyan Monastery, and decided to stop by at our village as it was on her way. She stayed with us for at least 1 hour, and I treat her and her friends with fresh cucumbers straight from my garden as Baba Vanga was fasting. She was so happy when she saw Eva – she was kissing her, hugging her! Then she told me. – Eva is 5 years old, but you won’t leave her to be the only child. You will have a second child soon.
I laughed and said: – If it is a boy, I want to have it now! But I don’t want another girl. She also laughed and said: – Boy or girl, just don’t leave Eva alone.
Not for a while, I really got pregnant again. We went to visit Baba Vanga again, and when I told her she was very excited. – I will name your second child as well – it is my duty to do that. This time in addition to the doll and the diaper, you will bring me a basin as well. Regarding the birth, you know what to do – go to Plovdiv again.
On July 10th, 1976 again through Ceaser section I gave birth to a second girl. Baba Vanga named her Marina. She loved my children as they were hers. She always wanted to see them, to touch them. Almost every year we took them to the Rupite village to wash them in the curative mineral pools. When both my daughters got married, Baba Vanga wanted to see their husbands as well so they all went to see her.
Everything that Baba Vanga said about Eva came true. She graduated her high school with distinction. Then she studied Pedagogics in Veliko Tarnovo. She got married, but in the first two years she didn’t have children. We are a strong believers and our hope is very strong because whatever Baba Vanga says, it happens. She said that Eva will have two children.
Marian also went to university but she married very young – in her third year. I wasn’t happy with her decision so I wanted to ask Baba Vanga what is her opinion. She told me: – Don’t be angry on her – Marina will look after you when you get older…let them be happy. Don’t expect much help from Eva, as she will be far from you. Marian will help you a lot as she is close to you.
Marina has two children. I am taking care of my granddaughters and sometimes I show them pictures, the church of Baba Vanga, play them video so they can remember who has christened their mother and and aunt.
We will never forget Baba Vanga and what she has done for us. The memories about her are stored deep down in our souls.
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The excerpt for this article was taken from Baba Vanga Predictions – Luxurious Edition (In Bulgarian) by Zheni Kostadinova
About The Author
Zheni Kostadinova graduated Philosophy at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She has worked as an editor at the student TV show “Ku-Ku”, and as a reporter at the National Radio “Horizon”. For over 15 years she is a columnist at “Weekly Trud” newspaper writing about esoteric and psychology. In the same newspaper she is maintaining a page on literature. Zheni Kostadinova is the author of some of the most popular books written on Baba Vanga including “Baba Vanga The Prophetess”, “Baba Vanga Predictions”, “The Secret of Baba Vanga”. Her first book was translated into Russian, Polish, Latvian, Serbian, and Albanian. Zheni is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers. She had published three books of poetry: “Fire Sticks (2002), “17 love colors” (2007), and “Fig Jam” (2008). In 2012 Zheni has founded the art-house “Kuklite”. It is a doll gallery and a mini-museum located in the old downtown of Sofia. The gallery exhibits different dolls placed in specific categories. Besides the exhibitions, the art-house “Kuklite” also have the priority to work with children from the local schools, so they learn more about the traditions and customs of the different nations. The main idea is to transform the art-house “Kuklite” into a centre for cultural exchange, creative collaboration between representatives of different fields of art, science and philosophy. The art-house will hold meetings with interesting personalities, and will be a place of exhibitions, seminars, workshops, premieres of books and documentary movies, puppetry, and many other great events. The art-house “Kuklite” will also be a place where collectors can display their favourite artefacts and can share the history associated with them.
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