Bulgarian folklore is an exceptional collection of spiritual wealth built over centuries by the Bulgarian national genius. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by scientists, travellers, folklorists, diplomats, ethnographers, artists and writers, who’ve passed through Bulgaria and observed or worked in it. In their travelogues, scientific papers, notes and paintings they have reflected their impressions, amazement and surprise at the richness, diversity and originality of Bulgarian folk songs, dances, music and traditional costumes. The performance styles, the grips, the various rhythms, the original instruments, the steps and the movements of the dances.
One of the oldest pieces of Bulgarian literature – the church manuscripts, sadly provide us very scarce bits of information about the Bulgarian folk dances and dances. The church was, at the time, not too kindly to these types of spiritual expression, and was, more often than not, willing to rebuke them.
Instead, the majority of our folklore has been preserved thanks to word-of-mouth and “folk wisdom”. During the Bulgarian Revival period, with the increase of national self-consciousness due to the national liberation movement, they proved absolutely vital for the development of the Bulgarian ethnographic science, as well as for searching and collecting documents for folk songs and dances.