posted on Jan, 1 2012 @ 12:49 PM
Southwestern Bulgaria, and in particular the boarder zone next to Greece, is extremely rich in folk tales about various creatures dwelling in the
woods and outskirts of cities like Petrich. Friends I know from different circles that have spent their childhood there have shared similar stories
independent of each other that are quite shocking. Some are considered folktales, because grandparents would overuse the stories, and of course
'elaborate' on them, to scare their grandchildren off from playing in the nearby woods. A small note here for the people that are not familiar with
the geography of Bulgaria, these woods and mountains are not dangerous in terms of cliffs, water streams, and weather conditions.
The folk talkes comming from that region in addition to the phenomenon of the Bulgarian Clairvoyant from Petrich, known as 'Baba Vanga', have
led me to believe that the place is some sort of vortex/opening between worlds. She reported that her paranormal abilities are connected to the
presence of invisible entities, which she could not explain where they came from, but some she believed were voices of the dead. This region rich in
folk tales, is where Vanga as a small child recalls being lifting up in the air by a tornado, which was never documented by anyone that year, lead to
her blindness and changed her life from an early age. What amazes me is the common elements between both the folk tales and and the life of Baba
Vanga. I believe that we as humans are a microcosm of our earth and the nature of each region reflects the type of people, as they are its product if
indigenous i.e. Vanga was a manifestation of this paranormal region or could have somehow unlocked it even more. If you read more about Baba Vanga and
these stories, perhaps you'll find these correlations for yourselves.
This is said to have happened 20-25 years ago on a road outside of Petrich. A man drives to his home late at night when on all of a sudden he
sees a woman in a bride's dress walking on a road. The man stops his car out of curiosity and concern for the woman's condition and asks her why she
is walking alone at night on a road outside the town wearing a bride's dress. She tells him that she is late for her wedding and has been trying to
stop a ride for several hours and noone had passed by. So the man offers her a ride to the town, she gets in and they started talking on the way. Only
a few minutes into the conversation, the man asks her who she was going to marry and when she gives him the two names, the man stops the her in shock.
It was a man he knew that had died long ago in the war, so he recognized the young bride was actually the widow of the man, also a deceased person of
his passed. This is where things get out of hand, because the moment when he stopped the car, only in a few seconds the bride's skin on her face had
changed in reptilian skin and she opened the door, ran away and disappeared into the woods. This is perhaps the most vivid of all stories of
shapeshifting, as the others are more simplistic and have usually been spotted on the outskirts and villages near Petrich. People have also reported
finding huge snake skin and occasionally seen reptilian humanoids, suddenly appearing and disappearing.
Another typical phenomenon/folk story are dwarves and overall presence of small entities have been reported by many of the passed generations
living there people. In general, the common element of these stories is that the sightings have something to do with the person as a perceiver,
meaning that only certain people could see the manifestation of these entities. Many stories come from witnesses who were accompanied by others who
wouldn't see anything. Often sounds would accompany the sightings and usually took place in the woods at night. People often find it hard to believe
what they see. UFO sightings have also been reported and many believe the village of Rupite to be a magnet for UFOs and paranormal activities. This
region in general has a lot of going on, I would say it has everything going on. A friend's cousin from Sandanski was terrorized by an underground
satanic cult, which is said to be formed from people who do not officially exist on documents, inhabit underground tunnels, sewer systems and kidnapp
people. They are said to be connected to others in the major cities, especially Sofia, which has around an approximated 100 000 homeless people living
in the underground. The Southwest region is a massive marijuana producer/exporter to Greece and Europe and is the top sex tourism destination in the
country. There is just so much going on there, I can make so much conclusions that I don't know where to start from.