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"Vesa Paspaleeva" Ladies' Poetical Studio, Kyustendil

Notwithstanding their day-to-day duties and chores, they dream, love, write poems. In the solitude of the new day or in the hoarse silence of the night, they curl up and put down strings of world to make up poems. Poetry is a mission for them. These are the girls and women from the "Vesa Paspaleeva" Ladies’ Poetical Studio at the Bratstvo Community Centre.

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Legends of Pirin Mountain

Once upon a time, in the distant pagan times, people believed in god Perun, who lived in most beautiful mountain. But when Christianity was adopted everywhere, god Perun, retreated slowly to the highest point on the mountain, which was named after him - Perin.

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Legends of Kyustendil mineral water

The most valuable natural resource of Kyustendil is the warm mineral water. An old legend has it that one night the warm mineral water in the foothills of the Hisarlaka mount gushed out from hundreds of geysers – they were so numerous that they threatened to flood the town and drown its residents.

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Story about the name of Kyustendil

The founders of today’s town of Kyustendil were Thracians from the Denteleti tribe. In 181 BC the settlements of the Denteli people were ravaged by the troops of Philip V of Macedonia.

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Legend of Mitra’s Fountain

The legend is about a beautiful girl by the name of Mitra, who was washing cloth in the spring near the village of Tavalichevo. She was spotted by the son of the then famous and rich Turk named Karagaliata, who had a homestead in Gorna Koznitsa and ruled the lands in the vicinty.

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Legend of the Cross at Manastiro locality

About five hundred meters away from the village of Tavalichevo, in the Manastiro locality, under a centuries old Oak there is a cross dug into the ground. There used to be a monastery on that spot called Holy Mother of God and the local community gathered for service there.

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Legends of Stob Pyramids

According to one of the legends, once upon a time the parents of a boy from the village of Kolibite (Cottages) got him a bride from the nearest village of Stob. At that time would-be-brides kept their faces covered and nobody could see whether they were pretty or ugly until the day of the wedding. The groom was the first to unveil the bride and see her face. However, as the wedding procession was moving down the road, a mountain wind blew, lifted the red veil of the bride and uncovered her face.

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Legend of Rumena, the Lady Chieftain

Each summer the girls from Gyueshevo, lead by people from Dragoman, also called “Karamari”, set off to Ovcho Pole in groups and there they harvested wheat to earn some money.

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Legend of Krali Marko’s step

Krali Marko was a skillful and brave man who had powers that were unique and unheard of. He was known as the strongest man on Bulgarian territory. People admired him. He frequently overpowered wild beasts, fought bravely with rapists and thieves. He stood for justice.

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Legend of the Crow’s Cliff

There was a girl of unearthly beauty and power in Kashina. Her name was Kanta. She was proud and inaccessible to the bachelors of Kashina, and she kept waiting for a person from a remote and rich land. Two dragons noticed the beauty of Kanta from their thrones in the inaccessible mountains: the Pirin Dragon from Demikarpia and the Belasitsa Dragon from Lopovo.

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Kaloyanitsa (Legend of King Kaloyan)

A long time ago, when the Second Bulgarian Kingdom was liberated from the Byzantian Rule and reinstated by the brothers Asen and Petar, ...

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Legend of the Seven Rila Lakes

According to the legend of the Seven Rila Lakes thousands of years ago, when the planet Earth was still uninhabited by the modern people, a couple of giants lived in the Rila Mountain. They loved each other dearly and cherished the beauty and comfort of their home. It was so attractive, sunny, warm and cozy that every living creature would be captivated by it, and the love the giants had was celebrated by all elements of nature and by the whole world.

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Songbook: Songs from Sapareva Banya

The songbook is part of the “Folklore and Toursim in the Sapareva Banya Region” project, implemented by “Prosveten Lach” Community Center by a group of young people from Sapareva Banya and the Netherlands.

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Stories about geographic names in the vicinities of Bobov Dol

The Vram peak

The Vram peak rises over the village of Korkina some 12 km away from the community center of Bobov Dol. The locality of the same name around the peak has an interesting story. It is a known fact that this was the area of the summer residence of King Samuil.

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Legend of Rila and Pirin

A long time ago, according to the people from the village of Gorni Pasarel, which was later flooded by the Iskar damn, Rila Mountain was a woman. Her name was Rilka. She married a man from the higher lands against the will of her parents. The man was called Pirin. Rilka's parents did not want to give their only daughter to Pirin, because they knew nothing about him: where he came from, who his parents were, and how the young couple would make their living.

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