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Contemporary art video which reveals the origins of the Bulgarian tradition "Martenitsa".
Published:

БРАТ / BRAT / BROTHER
/ Full Version / 2012

BASED ON THE MYTHOLOGY OF MARTENITSA ORIGIN

Music produced & performed by БALKANSKY
БAKLANSKY are:
Theodosii Spassov / Kaval, trumpet & voice /
Ivan Shopov / Programming & mixing /
Ivo Christov / Arrangements & concept /
more from БALKANSKY @ : www.balkansky.bg

Video Production : ADDMINIMAL Creative Studio
Visual concept, Screenplay & Direction : Adriana Gerasimova
more from ADDMINIMAL @ : www.addminimal.com

DOP & Steadycam : Dobrin Kashavelov
Consultant : Martin Dimitrov
Edit : Daniel Ivanov, Tanya Petkova
Postproduction: Adriana Gerasimova, Anna Slavkova, Emil Granicharov
Cameraman : Teodor Georgiev
Camera Assistant : Krasena Angelova
Key Grip : Anton Naydenov
Costume design & Make Up : Adriana Gerasimova
Choreographer  / Bayan : Milen Petrov
Dancers : Vasil Dipchikov, Stefan Vuchov, Kostadin Еkzarov, Ivaylo Vasilev
MARTENITSA : Mariana Gerasimova



Many legends and myths abound the pagan ritual of MARTENITSA and relate the symbolic
white and red colours. ONE OF THEM SAIS:

Khan Koubrat who first united the proto-Bulgariantribes was nearing the end of his life. He knew this and asked his sons to vowto keep the various Bulgar tribes together to defend the land. However, soonafter Khan Koubrat's death, their land was invaded by the Khazars. They tookover the capital and kidnapped Khan Koubrat's daughter, Houba. Of the fivesons, one, Bayan, joined with the Khazars in an attempt to stay with hissister. Another, Kotrag, moved northwards and the other three, Asparoukh,Kouber and Altsek, looked south for land away from their enemies. These threehad arranged that if they found land then they would send a bird with threadtied to its leg to Bayan and Houba. Eventually, the imprisoned pair receivedthe bird and tried to set off secretly, but the Khazars soon found out andfollowed them. Bayan and Houba didn't know the soldiers were so close and wereabout to return the bird with the white thread attached when Bayan was woundedwith an arrow, fired by the Khazars. Dripping blood onto the white thread,Bayan still managed to release the bird and they painfully continued theirjourney to find their brothers. When they finally met their siblings, Bayan wasnearly dead. Asparoukh welcomed his wounded brother, tore pieces ofbloodstained white cloth into small strips and gave them to his soldiers tohonour brave Bayan.

 
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