Elya Tzaneva – Initiator of the project and Editor-in-Chief of this volume is an Assoc.Professor at the Ethnographic Institute and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; since 2003 – scholarly secretary of the Institute. Graduate from the German-speaking high school in Sofia (1975), and the Dept. of History at the University of Sofia with specialization in Ethnography (1981). PhD in Ethnology from Moscow State University, Russia (1985); PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1999). Frequent Guest-Lecturer in Ethnology at Minzu University of China, Beijing. Research interests in the field of Theory of Ethnicity, Nation and Identity; Traditional Family Customs and Fictive Kinship. Author of studies and articles in these fields in Bulgarian, Russian, German and English, as well as of the monographic work “Interpreting Ethnicity” (Sofia, 2000); and “Bulgarian Ethnography” (Sofia, 2000, 2006, 2009).