Story told by Stefka Subotinova – famous Bulgarian folk singer.
In 1965 I and a colleague of mine decided to go and visit Baba Vanga in Petrich. At all costs I wanted to meet with her, because my life was at a crossroad, and I didn’t know what to do. I had one divorce and was about to make a new family. I had few very serious candidates for my future husbands, and I had a hard time choosing who should be the one.
We took the train to Petrich. Only my mother knew that I will be visiting Baba Vanga. I headed out with such a hope, so I made the decision to follow all advices that Baba Vanga gives me.
Once we got there, we went to check in at the hotel first. Initially we had the idea that there will be 6-7 people before us waiting to see Baba Vanga, so one night at the hotel should be enough. We reached the city square and we saw a lot of cars, carriages, motorcycles, bicycles… We asked one man if this is the city marketplace. He laughed and said: – No this is not a marketplace – all of these people are waiting to see Baba Vanga!
Once my colleague – Valkana, heard that, she asked me to go back home as it’s pointless to wait so much just to see Baba Vanga for few mintues. I was firm – I wasn’t leaving Petrich until I see Baba Vanga and ask her about my life dilemmas.
We started to wait at her gate. There were over 100 people with us. Me and Valkana disguised ourselves with long scarfs, as we were celebrities and didn’t want to be bothered by the public.
We were waiting in line for hours. At one time I even wanted to cry. I was telling myself why on Earth this is happening? What a desire I had to visit Baba Vanga, and now it seems that I might not even see her.
My tears were already on my face, and suddenly Baba Vanga appeared at her doorstep and shouted: – the folk singers can now come. People started to look around, but since we were disguised they couldn’t recognize us.
We took off our scarfs and entered her house. Besides the sugar, I also brought one beautiful towel with inscribed flowers from China – we had a concert there.
We didn’t even enter the room and Baba Vanga said: – Stefka, what a beautiful hair you have!
I had a very long hair on a plait. – Who will be first – said Baba Vanga
– Valkana, as she is older than me – she has a right – I said
Valkana passed her the sugar, and after Baba Vanga touched it for a few seconds said:
– Valkana, why did you take Stoyan (her husband) from his village to Sofia? You gave him higher education, and now he is going after the prostitutes. Do you know that he will want to divorce you? He has a lover, and he will marry her. She will also give birth to a child from him. On top of that he has other lovers as well – from your ensemble, all of them are your friends.
Indeed once when I was coming back from a concert, I saw Stoyan together with another woman in his car, and was quite surprised. But I couldn’t tell Valkana – after all she was the prima of our ensemble. Baba Vanga spoke with her for at least 20 minutes – she told a lot of things from her personal and professional life. Whatever she said, this is what happened years later. Yes, Valkana and Stoyan got divorced, he married his lover and she gave birth to a child from him…
When I was listening how Baba Vanga was uncovering Valkana’s life, I really became speechless. I was silent, and was just waiting anxiously for my turn.
At the moment I had few serious candidates to be my next husband – one bachelor, one engineer from Sofia, one lawyer, one professor from Skopie, and one general from the military.
So it was my turn and Baba Vanga touched my sugar cube as well. After few seconds she said with a strict voice:
– You got divorced two years ago? – Baba Vanga asked
– Yes I did.
– Why you didn’t divorce him much earlier?
– Because I thought he will change and the divorce won’t be necessary.
– He will change when my eyes start to see again.
– I came to see you because…
– I know why you came. I also know that you cried outside. Your father passed away – he is here now. He died in an accident (indeed my father died in 1963 – he was run over by a truck). He says not to cry about him so much – his pillow is constantly wet. Here is your grandmother – she just came…
She continued to list more of my deceased relatives, but I was instating about my problem:
– I am at a big crossroad in my life and I don’t know which path to take. I came for your advice.
– Oh, you have a lot of candidates. When women get divorced, they hardly find a new man – and you have a couple ready for you. Who is this man (she said his name) with the brown suit – he is a lawyer? Run away from this man! He is very bad – he’ll ruin your life. What about the bachelor (again she said his name with 100% accuracy)? He truly loves you. His relatives also like you very much – his mother, his sister – they all want you to marry him. If you marry him, you’ll have one child from him. But you have to know, that he will cheat on you.
I personally preferred the bachelor out of all 5 men, but once Baba Vanga told me that, my opinion changed instantly.
– What about Dimitar, who is he? My country fellow from Macedonia. You will be like a queen with him. You will live in America with him, everything will be alright, he wants only one child from you. Those around you will not like your marriage with him (she meant my daughter and my mother). Do you know that he is now waiting for you in Sofia? He came with few suitcases and a pile of documents. He visited your apartment 5 times. He wants to marry you. It will be a good marriage, but won’t be very happy living in another country. Stay in Bulgaria.
In the next moment Baba Vanga with a more excited voice said:
– Oh, now I see a military man! He is high in the hierarchy – a general. He is a widowed man with two children. Here is his wife…Oh how much she is crying…she died during a surgery. She cries a lot and she is very sad about her younger child (Baba Vanga said the name).
Then Baba Vanga changed the subject and started to talk about other less-important things. While she was talking, she was knitting – so dexterous, so fast. I was shuddering with excitement what advice she will give me – so I thought for a second that she forgot about what I came for. In this moment as if she read my mind she said:
– On January 6th, you will marry the general.
I didn’t even count him as an option as I had a negative opinion about men from the military. So surprised I said:
– What – are you serious?
– Yes, the general will be your next husband – repeated Baba Vanga with even more convincing tone.
– He didn’t stop calling you and to ask your mother where have you been. You told her not to say. Now when you go back to Sofia, you will see him.
Then Baba Vanga showed me three fingers and said:
– You will have three marriages. Don’t be mad – this is what has been written. You can’t escape from your destiny.
I went back home, and my mother welcomed me with a joyful face. – The general didn’t stop calling you! He will call you again tonight. My daughter also came in the conversation: – Mom, Mitko from Skopie called you, and I told him that you are at a concert now.
At this same moment the door bell has rang – it was Mitko, the professor from Skopie. He started from the door: – you are my angel, you are my gold, I want to marry you! I was speechless, and not with my mind for a few seconds – I felt so awkward and was wondering what to do in this situation. I just recalled that I made the decision to listen to Baba Vanga.
Dimitar brought few cases with him (just like Baba Vanga had said) and started to show documents and letters, that he started to read to me: in essence his uncles in America are inviting him to go and live there with them. They also told him to “marry the Bulgarian woman as she is very decent”, and if he marries me, they will buy him a Cadillac and a house near the ocean.
I don’t know how it happened, but I married the general exactly on January 6th. Initially the wedding date was set for January 3rd, but we couldn’t find a best man not until the 6th. My husband was astonished and didn’t believe at first when I told him about my conversation with Baba Vanga, but Valkana also confirmed that.
I lived with the general for 10 years, and we got divorced. Then I had my third marriage. I had my happiest marriage with this man, but unfortunately he passed away. He was working as a foreign trade representative, and even to this day I believe that he died in strange, not very clear to my circumstances. We lived together for 13 years – very intelligent and good man, but my fate took it away from me. I left alone.
Baba Vanga predicted my success as well – I will become a very famous folk singer. She said that towards the end of my life, I will receive a great prize.
She told me that I won’t have luck with my marriages because I am the misfortunate in my family – all big problems will be on my shoulders, and I have to carry the burden.
For my daughter she said that she will study one thing, but work another. She said: – You want to have many children, but “they” allow you to have only one. Your daughter will have the same fate. Whatever is written on a stone, it can’t be deleted.
The time came when me and Valkana had to go, so I reached in my purse to grab money. Baba Vanga stopped me and said:
– I don’t want your money – give me the towel from China.
I passed her the towel, and once she touched it she described my living room in full details. Then she said: – Why didn’t you bring me one of the chopsticks that you brought from China – I see you have 18 of those.
I brought a package of chopsticks from China, but I really didn’t know how many they were. When I was at home, I counted them – remarkably they were exactly 18! How she was able to see even this small detail…
My daughter also went to visit Baba Vanga. I sent through her a bottle of homemade creme de menthe – I knew that she loved that drink. However my daughter bought one from the store, and replaced it with the homemade one.
Baba Vanga told her straight away:
– I don’t want this bottle – tomorrow come again and give me the one that your mother gave you. Also bring me the recipe.
Everything that Baba Vanga told me happened with unbelievable accuracy. My marriages, my divorces…the fate of my daughter…the popularity I had towards the end of my career. The only prophesy that still didn’t come true is the prize that I will receive towards the end of my life!
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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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