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Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore Kindle Edition
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Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore by Ronesa Aveela is a wonderful book that gives readers a peek into the rich culture, customs, traditions, myths, legends and folklore of Bulgaria. The book speaks about the traditions that are part of the soul's journey and the topics discussed reflect the relationship of nature to mankind. The rituals described are a collection of ceremonies practiced throughout the country and the author also intersperses these with fun facts and legends, making it an informational and engaging read. The book is educational, fun and entertaining, and it reveals the fascinating history and culture of the Bulgarian people in an enjoyable way.
The recipes shared at the end are mouth-watering and readers will be tempted to try them out. The illustrations are bright and colorful and complement the author's thoughts and ideas beautifully. The author takes readers through the sections methodically and every ritual has a story which makes it easier for readers to understand. The 'Did You Know' bits shared with readers in every chapter throw light on the beliefs and superstitions that exist in this country.
I learned a lot about Bulgaria, its culture, customs, rituals and traditions through the book. It's obvious that the author has done a lot of research on the topic. The seasonal rituals with the questions at the end of each chapter does help readers connect better with the Bulgarian rituals, practices, and traditions that existed. I loved the book. The author does a great job in telling readers about the culture, customs, and traditions of Bulgaria.
- Publication date : May 27, 2015
- File size : 30458 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Publisher : Bendideia Publishing (May 27, 2015)
- ASIN : B00YFG41BY
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #910,248 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In Light Love Rituals, one strolls through the ancient times of a deeply spiritual clan, journeying through seasons and solstices, day-to-day living and rituals. As an added bonus, Aveela also offers fun facts, recipes, and even crafts! I learned interesting tidbits, like the meaning of various flowers, and picked up great tips, like natural resources to use for dyes…and I can’t wait to try my hand at making Banitsa and Easy Baklava!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning the Bulgarian traditions. If you appreciate history and legends, culture and folklore, cooking and crafts, this is the story for you!
I particularly liked the breakdown as to why the title for this book: Light, the sun, is one of the main characters in folklore; love is what’s important in human growth; and rituals connect the past to the present and help people embrace the future—“everyone incorporates them into their lives.” Together these three things describe traditions that are part of the soul’s journey. I also liked the breakdown of sections into seasons, my favorite being winter when burning incense to cleanse away bad spirits occurs. It was enjoyable to read that solstice is when the sun was reborn and Survaki is the party to bring in the New Year. It is a time when bachelors and boys travel house to house with Survachka, they tap family and friends on the back with a stick = a blessing. We could use some of that worldwide today. And then there’s the time around March, which is dedicated to pacifying Baba Marta, an angry old woman who personifies the unpredictable. And then there was St. George Day in May, a celebration of archangel Michael, aka Rangel, where I smiled while reading, “if a person dies smiling, St. Michael has given him a golden apple in exchange for his soul.” Lastly the food and recipes where I surprisingly learned that yogurt has over 100 varieties. The only down side to the book was the recipes were too small to read on my kindle.
There’s so much more but I don’t want to retell the stories here, just to bring out the impression they left with me. And it was an enjoyable one. A book can do to things, it can teach and it can entertain. This book shines in both aspects. For anyone who is a lover of Joseph Campbell and all things mythical, folklore, traditional, etc. this is the book for you.
The author skillfully takes the reader through the folklores etc by using a fictional characters. The chapters are well thought through, and it's quite easy to let yourself drown into the world full of wonders of the nature and myths. I especially enjoyed the small ' Did you know...?' sections as well as the well instructed handicraft ideas. There's also a great section full of traditional Bulgarian food recipes, and I'm so gonna try some of them when I have a couple of hours of extra time.
Highly recommended to all teachers, authors looking for an inspiration and readers wanting to learn something new about Bulgaria. Loved this one!
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One of the many highlights within this book are the beautiful illustrations. These illustrations are worth pausing over and enlarging for closer study. The authors have moved away from the idea of a dry, academic tome by introducing 'did you know' text boxes, which are informative and interesting, along with the discussions of a fictional family, which draw you into the narrative.
The book also contains panels that offer instructions on how to make Martenitsi, for example, and how to colour Easter eggs, along with a recipe section and a table of Saint's days and holidays.
However, the main highlight and delight of the book is the authors' depth and quality of research. This ensures that Light Love Rituals can be read for its own pleasure, then used as a reference book as you follow the rituals and traditions throughout the seasons.
I thought the explanation of the traditions told through the eyes of a Bulgarian family was a great way to illustrate the material and inclusions like quizzes and recipes make this a really fun, interactive book for all ages. I will definitely be attempting to cook Banitsa this weekend!
The only criticism I have about this book was that the font of the recipes was so tiny it was extremely difficult to read. Increasing the font size did not work because the recipes were images. Otherwise a really interesting book.
This is a very insightful and enjoyable read that covers a lot of ground, well researched and informative. Highly recommended.