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Pilgrims flock to Bulgarian mountains to cleanse spirit

The sounds of women singing to the strains of violins fill the clear air of Bulgaria's Rila mountains as 2,000 white-clad pilgrims move gracefully in a series of rhythmic meditation exercises. Every August, followers of the Universal White Brotherhood converge from across the world on the Rila lakes, at an altitude of 2,100 metres (6,900 feet), to celebrate the beginning of their new year at the height of summer.
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