Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore

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For children and adults from 8 to 108 who would like to take discover Bulgarian folk tales, legends, and mythology. Whether you want to learn a little about their ancient Thracian origins, or you want to experience rituals practiced throughout the year with a fictitious Bulgarian family, or even if you’re only interested in traditional Bulgarian cuisine, this book has something for everyone. More

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About Ronesa Aveela

Ronesa Aveela is the pen name for the collaborative works by Anelia Samovila and Rebecca Carter.

Anelia is a freelance artist and writer who lives near Boston, MA. She likes writing mystery romance inspired by legends and tales. In her free time she paints. Her artistic interests include the female figure, folklore tales, and the natural world interpreted through her eyes.

Anelia visited Emona and the Black Sea in 1998. She was inspired to use her brushes and pen to depict the beauty of Mystical Emona and the characters, born from the experience she had in this place. She is married and has two children.

Rebecca is a writer who lives in southern NH. She is an avid reader who has traveled around the world seeking adventure and knowledge of other cultures. Linguistics has inspired her since her initial study of Latin. But, mostly, she is known for her baking ability.

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Review by: Matt Abraham on Feb. 23, 2016 :
In Light Love Rituals Ronesa Aveela details a what a year's worth of living must be like in Bulgarian, but the rituals aren’t just outlined as in a text book, but are presented in story/fiction form, and unfold like a timeline throughout the changing season. This technique grabs the reader's attention and shows that this is a vibrant, living culture in a very organic way. And I have to admit that I've had little exposure to this history before, but Ms. Aveela brings the beliefs to life in a way that’s clever and evocative. There are blurbs with facts every few pages that further enlighten the reader, and because they’re linked to a story you’re reading they don’t feel cumbersome, but rather help to give the tale more depth.

My favorite one was of the Samodiva, wild women of the forest who do both good and evil, and have many different versions (depending on who you talk to). Like apparently if you steal one’s robes while they bathe they’re bound to you, a tale in my opinion worthy of Neil Gaiman, but one that also parrots the Furies and the Muses, and I think that’s what I liked most about the book, it told tales that were distinctly Bulgarian, but also relate to every person regardless of religion, creed, or age and reminds the reader of how much we all have in common in a way that isn’t preachy or heavy handed, just sweet and informative.

Oh, and it’s also a cookbook. There are a few recipes in the back if you feel the need to fill your kitchen and home with the smells and tastes from the novel, and I'd suggest the baklava. It was surprisingly easy to make (so says my wife. I can't cook) and tasted great.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Goylake Publishing on Feb. 22, 2016 :
This is a beautiful book in terms of content and presentation. Light Love Rituals is divided into seasons, which makes for easy reading and understanding. The depth of the authors' research is outstanding, though this is no dry, academic treatise, instead it is a book that grabs and holds your attention on every page.

Highlights of the book include the views of a fictional family, the Did You Know? text boxes and the beautiful illustrations. Also, there is a recipe section crammed with tasty dishes. I have tried some of these recipes and intend to try more!

Our lives are full of traditions and rituals - many of them pagan - and these traditions and rituals are so ingrained that we take them for granted. By reading about Bulgaria's traditions you will not only learn more about a fascinating country and its culture but also open your eyes to the traditions that offer a rhythm to our modern lives.

Light Love Rituals is an enchanting book, a delight.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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