"Historical Almanac" a Bulgarian magazine
presenting an alternative view on Bulgarian history
An overview of the second issue
By Alexander Moshev, Sofia
The "Historical Almanac" is a new magazine in Bulgarian language ("Istoricheski almanah in Bulgarian) which was founded in 1999 by Bulgarian writer and publisher Yasen Kavada (real name Yasen Stoyanov Kavadarkov, born at the June 30th, 1961 in Sofia), who has published some 10 books. His last two books (1999 and 2000) have the same title "Mistakes in the Bulgarian history" but deal with different time periods: till 1244 the first (232 pp.) and after 1244 the second (126 pp.).
The purpose of the almanac is to promote a different view on Bulgarian ancient and medieval history. So far two issues were published and the third was edited and is in preparation for publication. The almanac contains articles on various subjects, all united with the idea of a new approach to Bulgarian and Balkan history.
The second issue of the "Historical Almanac contains the following articles:
1. Yasen Kavadarkov. Princess Eutimia Desislava Shishman - the greatest
Bulgarian writer of the 14th century.
An article dedicated to Princess Eutimia Shishman, daughter of the Bulgarian
tsar John Alexander. Yasen Kavadarkov reveals a little known aspect of her
life: her literature work. He also presents a wide panorama of her time -
the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century, which is a
crucial period for Bulgaria and for the Balkans.
2. Tzvetan Geshev. Bulgarians are one of the ancient people of the world.
The author analyses the information about the ancient civilisations of the
world and draws the conclusion that long before the Ancient Egypt and
Mesopotamia civilisations there was an ancient culture in Europe and the
Bulgarians were an important part of it.
3. Jaganat Mishira. The descendants of the Aryans.
An article based on the texts of ancient Indian books - the Vedas and the
Upanishads and on the personal impressions of the author from his journeys
through India's holiest places. J. Mishira draws a comparison between
certain words and names from the Vedas and Bulgarian words. He finds not
only phonetic but also semantic correspondences. J. Mishira quotes the 19th
century Bulgarian leader G. Rakovski, who wrote: "We the Bulgarians are the
first and the oldest inhabitants of Europe and the purest descendants of the
4. Alexander Obretenov and Klara Obretenova. Master Alexi Riletz - the first
Bulgarian to receive the honorary title of the "Architect".
Alexi Riletz (1760-1850) was a known Bulgarian builder and craftsman. In
1833 he rebuilt the great Rila Monastery in 10 months after a devastating
fire. The authors of the article are his descendants.
5. Alexander Moshev. The historical roots of the myth about the Centaurs.
A. Moshev makes an attempt to explain the genesis of the myth about the
mysterious half-man--half-horse creatures. His opinion is that the ancient
population of the Balkan peninsula are the first people to tam and use
horses. In the eyes of other people they looked like some strange creations.
There is a connection between the words Cen-taurs [ken-turs] and Turks.
A.Moshev points out that the ethnic name "Turks" was known in Europe long
before the 14-th century, when historians believe they appeared on the
continent. Apparently the name "Turks" applied to many horse-riding people
(tribes). So Turks, as well as Bulgarians, have their roots in the Balkan
6. Yolo Denev. A new Bible for the Bulgarian people and for the whole
The author has compiled historical information with wisdom and spiritual
teaching from many of the world's religions and philosophers. The result is
a book which he called "A New Bible". In the article Y. Denev explains his
wish to bring a new spiritual Renaissance.