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New Europe

Day Thirty-one: The Rila Mountains

The Rila Mountains 
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In the Seven Lakes region of the Rila Mountains, members of the White Brotherhood make their way up to the dancing field.
Michael Palin - New EuropeAt breakfast I'm introduced to a young man of regular good looks, wearing sandals, white linen trousers and a sensible sweater who could be, and it turns out is, an IT programmer on his day off. His name is Damitar and I gather he is quite high up in the hierarchy of the White Brotherhood - if indeed they have a hierarchy, which they don't.

Perhaps he can at least tell me what paneurythmy means.

'It's a spiritual dance.'


I ask him why the Brotherhood should come to dance in such an inaccessible place.

'It's because of the spiritual nature of the energies here.'

It turns out that The Master, Peter Deunov, an impressive figure who, in photos, looks like a cross between Abraham Lincoln and Rasputin, was the one who first identified the Seven Lakes as having special qualities.

'High energy, high vibrations,' Damitar explains.

I'm quite relieved when, in mid-morning, the campers set out, en masse, for the upper slopes for the aforementioned paneurythmic dancing. The theory may be nebulous but the practice promises to be quite spectacular.
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  • Series: New Europe
  • Chapter: Day Thirty-one: The Rila Mountains
  • Country/sea: Bulgaria
  • Place: Rila Mountains
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