Bulgarian Fire Dancing

Nestinarstvo is a ritual originally performed in several Bulgarian- and Greek-speaking villages in the Strandzha Mountains close to the Black Sea coast in the very southeast of Bulgaria.  It involves a barefooted dance on smouldering embers performed by nestinari.  It is usually performed on the square of the village in front of the whole population on the day of Saints Constantine and Helen, or the day of the village’s patron saint. The ritual is a unique mixture of Eastern Orthodox beliefs and older pagan traditions from the Strandzha Mountains.

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Published in: on April 6, 2011 at 8:04 am  Leave a Comment  

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