Community Development through Trade
Roma Religion Has a Name
Discovering the Roma Belief System
What is the Gypsy religion? The answer depends on who you ask… Turks have been known to call them “Allahsiz insaniar” – godless. The Dutch, at one time, branded them “heathens”, “moon-men” was a popular French appellation of the enlightenment – and then there’s the remarkable Balkan folklore, "the Gypsy church was built of cheese, they ate their church, and for this reason", the story concludes, "the Gypsies have no religion".
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Little is known of the Roma religion because unlike other popular religions, Roma do not proselytize. They do not accept converts since Romanipen is a birthright. You are either born of the faith or not. A “non-Roma”, in a strange turn of events, falls into the shadowy catagory “gadjo”, a derogatory term amongst Roma with a varying degree of definitions much like the majority label "Gypsy", "tzigan", "tatar" or even "crow"... Who is a Roma can be a complicated issue that resonates of the Jewish debate, “who is a Jew?” – and not surprisingly, the responses are quite similar…
Ancestral Worship – Brotherhood - Dualism
is performed by honoring of the ancestors, the Roma
saints, carried out in the day-by-day following of the
traditions taught by the elders, just as the previous elders had taught, a line theoretically tracing all the way
back to their Hindu-Indian origins at the banks of the Ganges. These
come to light in the dress codes, family roles, and
overall “doing things the gypsy way”.....
Roma brotherhood, forms the community. There is no sense of individuality in
Roma life..... .
Christianity is a religion of strict morals yet which withholds condemnation till the final “judgment day” when an individual’s good and bad deeds are collectively weighed. This added time allows the sinner the chance to experience on his own and "find his way". In addition, there are means of correcting past transgressions through penance and a little something called “absolution” that can completely erase the slate clean. Roma, on the other hand, follow a karma justice system that strikes as you go along...
All religions acknowledge the human conflict between good and evil. While the mightier force is commonly awarded to the power of good, like they say, “love conquers all”, Romanipen, fears the negative....
Socializing with Gajo is only through business. In some cases separate sets.... o
More to come
in-depth look at the controversial Roma marriage tradition,
Romanipen today and yesterday, moving along the brink of extinction…