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This booklet illuminates the traditional washing rituals of Bulgaria, inspired by stories told to the author by his grandmother as a child.


A fascinating work that combines folklore with practices currently taking place in Bulgaria, Dr Mishev’s book on washing rituals sheds light on this unique element of Bulgarian culture. With both a personal and academic background in the ritual practices of the Balkans, Dr Mishev’s work reflects his knowledge while remaining accessible and navigable. Illustrations and photographs complement each short chapter to provide an understanding of the physicality of these washing rituals and the folklore that supports them. This book was originally published in Bulgarian in 2020.


Chapters include:


  • Foreword by Irina Sedakova, Dr. Sc.

  • Introduction

  • Washings for Diseases Caused by Zmey and Samodiva

  • About the Days Suitable for Washings

  • Washing for Unknown Diseases, The Evil Eye and Magic

  • Washings for Different Diseases

  • Conclusion


London: Avalonia Ltd, 2021. Paperback, 71 pages. New.

Washing Rituals from Bulgaria - Georgi Mishev, PhD