Community Development through Trade
Understanding the True Roma Character – in a nutshell
Gypsy life can be dull, excruciatingly dull, but it’s never boring.
My Roma entourage and I were standing outside the center coffee shop watching the pretty Gypsy girls swinging their empty buckets on their way to the communal well followed by a quick stop off at the corner shop taking care of their momentary shopping needs. The lack of in-house refrigeration units in Roma communities spawns a buy as you need lifestyle resulting in a considerable increase to their annual cost of living making life for these poor people that much more difficult to just get by. The majority surnames of this Roma community are “Lefter”, meaning penniless; how little has changed.
..... “The Gypsy community is closed,” he answered taking my silence for ignorance, “because of the fear and distrust. It’s open because they are forever waiting for something.”
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Back at the secluded Gypsy community children are receiving a very different kind of upbringing. ...
Ladž ti xal to muj,
"May shame eat your face
There is no need nor use of a police force keeping social order in Roma society, an inherent Roma taboo system instead forms the necessary boundaries of what you “can do” and more importantly “can’t do”, simultaneously supplying.....
“Don’t leave without your brothers! Take your brothers!” Costel M. of Romanian village Dumbraveni hollers to his son as he departs for the local store. “I know – I know” the boy hollers back. He didn’t need to be reminded. A Gypsy knows never to leave the community alone.
Anticipation; forever waiting for something
I was introduced to the Tziganian state of inertia at the village Clejani by idle young men parading the street, truant school children everywhere and the ritual gathering of women at the well having laid their buckets down engaged in an orgy of gossiping. “.....