A BALKAN GEM WHERE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS HAVE DEEP HISTORICAL ROOTS - ALTCULTURE MAGAZINE ● 74 ● 10/2023 BY NIKOLIN SVETLANA
A CULINARY DELIGHT AND A HEALTH AIDER – THE DUAL ROLE OF THE ‘STINKING ROSE’ By Nikolin Svetlana For more than 5,000 years, garlic (Allium sativum) has been present in many cultures around the world. The home of this amazing plant and super-food of centuries, is central Asia in so-called 'Garlic Crescent' which stretches from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan to Turkmenistan and Iran where wild garlic have been present from ancient times.
A LIFE OF PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE IN MULTI-ETHNIC DOBRUJA By Nikolin Svetlana The Balkan peninsula (southeast Europe) is blessed by diverse and unique regions each of them with long history stretching back more than 6,500 years. One such part is Dobruja, a historical region of the Balkans that has been divided since the 19th century between Bulgaria and Romania. It’s north part belongs to Romania and south to Bulgaria.
ALTculture 10/2020 - The Charms of Samarina in Greece – The Legendary Village of the Ethnic Aromanians By Nikolin Svetlana Years back my friends and I voluntarily translated an interesting book, a study by A.J.B. Wace and M.S. Thompson entitled ‘Nomads of the Balkans: an account of life and customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus’ which was published in London in 1914. This book gave some really great information about Aromanians (Vlachs) of the Balkans, at that time almost totally unknown ethnic group.