Proto-Bulgarians

PLISKA - THE CAPITAL OF DANUBIAN BULGARIA

Every nation and state has its own capital, which symbolises its unification and national self-consciousness, with which it is associated. Proto-Bulgarians throughout their thousand-year history have created several state associations with their own centres.

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KHAN KUBRAT AND THE OLD GREAT BULGARIA

The Old Great Bulgaria created by Khan Kubrat is an exceptional phenomenon. It marked the rise of the Proto-Bulgarians, who until then had been divided into numerous tribes.

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THE SCULPTURES OF THE PROTO-BULGARIANS

The Proto-Bulgarians were skilled builders, and were by no means savage nomads, despite the attempts of many historians to depict them as such. Although the first buildings of the newly founded Danube Bulgaria were made of wood, and mobile yurts were used, they were later replaced by stone structures.

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THE SOCIETY OF THE PROTO-BULGARIANS

The ancient Bulgarians had not only a well-rounded military system, but also a well-organised society, with which they were able to spread their culture and might in those ancient times. The social system of the Proto-Bulgarians is based on the authority of the elders.

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THE CLOTHING OF THE PROTO-BULGARIANS

The Bulgarians created their clothes mainly from the pelts of wild and domestic animals. They also used other materials such as flax, hemp and wool. Their clothes reflected their way of life and their social status. They were once refined and combined their taste for elegance.

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THE ART OF WAR OF THE PROTO-BULGARIANS

Many wars broke out during the Middle Ages. The Bulgarian warriors and horsemen have repeatedly proved their quality and courage on those battlefields, earning the respect of their enemies. The key to those victories of the Bulgarians are based on the way the waged war.

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The Proto-Bulgarians

"Bulgarian means a wise, learned person" (from the written history of the Volga Bulgarians) . By the 6th century, the Proto-Bulgarians had a predominantly nomadic lifestyle.

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The way of life of the Proto-Bulgarians

The ancient Bulgarians had well-developed traditions in the development of agriculture, animal husbandry and trade, which contributed greatly to their prosperity.

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Crafts of the Proto-Bulgarians

The Bulgarians had their own artistic style and specific technique when practicing this art. The most characteristic feature of Proto-Bulgarian pottery is that it was made with the help of a potter's wheel and in specially built pottery ovens. This technical level was very advanced for the time and provided high quality results.

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