Nostradamus Of The Balkans: Baba Vanga

Who here does not like predictions! Even the most pragmatic of us feel atleast a tinge of interest when we hear forecasts. You might not believe in them but you still want to know them. With this in mind we talk about Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova or as more popularly known as Baba Vanga, here. Like Nostradamus, Vanga was a seer. She is purported to have predicted the assassination of our very own Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

The story goes like this – Vanga lived in Bulgaria in the 1900’s. One unfortunate day a tornado laid her city to waste. She was caught in the storm and was found only after an extensive search. The repercussion of the storm for her was loss of sight. It is after she became blind that her “power” came to her. She attributed this “power” to beings that were invisible. These creatures spoke to her and gave her information about people, which she then used for her predictions. What these creatures were, she was never able to explain.

But this is not what I wanted to talk about. It is the predictions that I am curious about. Given below are 7 of her prophecies, out of which some have already occurred and others are predictions for the coming years. I will start by listing the predictions which have already come true.

  1. Death of Bulgarian Tsar Boris III.

He died on 28 August 1943 the very day she predicted.

  1. “A big wave will cover a large coast with people and villages where everything disappears under water.”

This prophecy turned out to be the earthquake that hit the Indian Ocean in 2004 which resulted in the Boxing Day tsunami. Her words were bang on considering 100 ft high waves covered Indonesia and obliterated its coast.

  1. The Twin Tower attacks.

This would be the most notorious of her predictions till date. Vanga said that “steel birds” (read aeroplanes) would attack the “American brethren” (read twin towers) and innocent lives will be lost. A more tenuous connection of her prophecy to the 9/11 tragedy were the words “the wolves will be howling in a bush”. The word “bush” is interpreted to be the name of then U.S. President George W. Bush.

These were old predictions. They indeed came true but are now done and dusted. The more interesting ones are those which are yet to come.

  1. “The last acting President of U.S. would be African- American.”

This prophecy had two parts. The first, which came to be true, was that the 44th President of U.S. would be African- American (read Barack Obama). The second part that he would be the last acting President of U.S is yet to be decided. However, if Trump gets his way, this prophecy would turn out to be just another set of words stringed into a statement.

  1. By 2018, China would be the new superpower leaving U.S. far behind.

The prediction further says that “developing countries in turn operated from exploiters”. You can take “n” number of meanings out of these words but the most common explanation is that the countries presently exploiting will be exploited in the future. Again this is another prediction that is well on the way to be true. China is already on the rise.

These were just run of the mill prophecies, nothing too outrageous. The last two predictions that I give to you are some of her really bizarre forecasts. There are many ranging from the universe ending in 5079 (thank god that’s kindaa far), to humans living in a colony underwater by 2130 which aliens help them build! So, choosing just two was a hard task. But here are my picks…….*Drum Roll*:

  1. Somewhere, starting from 2025 to 2028 we will have created a new energy source

And oh! Also do away with hunger problems. Considering humans are already scrambling (read oil crisis) to find new ways to generate power, this is definitely good news. As if this was not enough, we also “launch a manned aircraft to Venus” around the same time. *Well, Woohoo !!*

  1. History will repeat itself in 2183, just at a bigger scale.

Like the way Indians demanded independence from the British Rule, a Mars colony will demand the same from Earth. Furthermore this colony would be a nuclear power.

I will play the devil’s advocate here and tell you two of her predictions that failed to occur, just so you don’t go crying that the universe will definitely end in the year 5079. There was no World War III from Nov 2010 to 2014. Especially no nuclear warfare, as she said. Nor were there any assassination attempts during 2010 on any of the heads of state. Take everything with a pinch of salt. Words can be interpreted in any way, even more so when they are not written down.

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