Nestinarstvo

Nestinarstvo is ancient cult performed in Several villages in Strandzha region, near the Black sea. This is barefoot dancing over embers performed by nestinari in trance condition.

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Usually the ritual is performed in the square of the village with all the local people watching. The official day of performing Nestinarstvo is the day of Sts. Constantine and Helen. This ritual is mix of Christian and ancient beliefs.

The right for nestinarstvo is given only to daughter or son and only after the parent is no more available to perform the dance.

In the 20 – th and 21 – st century the ritual got quite commercial and is used to attract foreign tourists all over the Bulgarian seaside. This has quite little with the real tradition. Only few Bulgarian perform the original and real ritual in some villages in Strandzha mountain.

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