Baba Vanga - famous Bulgarian prophetess
Baba Vanga (31 January 1911 - 11 August 1996), born Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova was a famous Bulgarian prophetess who spent most of her life in the Rupite area in the Pirin mountains, Bulgaria.
Believers claim she had unique abilities to foresee, clairvoyance, prescribe individual healing with herbs, talk with flowers, and mentally visit different places on earth.
Vanga was born in Strumica (Republic of Macedonia), and after 1942 lived in Petrich (Bulgaria). Her father was conscripted into the Bulgarian Army during World War I, and her mother died when Vanga was quite young.
In 1925 Vanga was brought to a Blind House in Zemun, Serbia, where she spent three years. After the death of her step-mother she had to go back home.
Believers claim that supernatural abilities of Vanga appeared gradually.
During World War II Vanga attracted more believers - a number of people visiting her, hoping to get a hint about whether their relatives are alive, or seeking for the place where they died. On 8 April 1942 the Bulgarian king Boris III visited her, and it is claimed that she told him to remember the date of 28 August. He died on that date in 1943.
On 10 May 1942 Vanga married Dimitar Gushterov. He died on 1 April 1962.
Vanga died on 11 August 1996. Her funeral was honoured by large crowds, including many political leaders.