Walking on Fire, Nestinars at Bulgari village

In an ancient mix of ancient pagan culture and Christianity the Nestinars of the remote Stranja village of  Bulgari  dance on burning coal every year on the +++ Day of st. Constantine and. St. Helena.

Walking on Fire

Walking on Fire

The traditional name of the person who dances on fire is Nestinar. They walk on the coal holding the icons of the saints and claim that they feel nothing. It is believed that this tradition originates from the Sun worship of the ancient native peoples of the balkans – the Thracians.

[pdf width=”750px”]http://bulgariatravel.org/data/doc/ENG_25-Nestinari.pdf[/pdf]

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