The Tzigania Experience
GABOR - Roma Brahmin
The traditional Roma known as "Gabor" - the Roma aristocrat - are a tightly united community
bounded by community laws - sacred traditions - and a history tracing back to medieval bands
known as the "King's Gyspies".
They are revered by all other Roms as the bluebloods, the
royalist and nobleman of the Roma nation.
They are pure, following strict tradition of arranged marriages and endogamy.
They preserve their
identity with discriminating social barriers keeping outsiders -
outside their protective domain and from getting too close
and spreadimg infective influences of change. The Gabor
nation have their own
laws, their own culture, their own sense of religion that they
The heavy criticized arranged
marriages stands as the pillar to their survival.
Romani is the
language of the Gabor – and the strict laws of Rromanipen (Roma religion) acts
as their guides through life. Rromipen defines the taboos,
rituals, dress codes, conduct, and belief system that links Roma to their
distant Hindu-Indian origins.
They are a severely proud
people - true believers of their old fashion ways and polarize themselves
identifying all non-Roma by the single noun “gazjo” -
similar to the Jewish term "goy" identifying all gentiles -
and other cultural similarities paralleling the Jewish
Further Reading: Roma-Jewish Cultural Relationship
Outsiders are generally not welcome inside their
protected domain making this experience of visiting and getting to know this
family Gabor as especially unique and rewarding.
MEET - GREET - and UNDERSTAND Traditional Roma - Gabor
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Phone: +(40) 758 55 66 70
151 Strada Principala,
(15 km south of Targu Mures City - 33 km north of Sighisoara)
Directions to Gabors from....
Arriving in Valenii Village
village bus stop (village center) .... Walk south (away from
Targu Mures - towards Sighisoara / Brasov).. Stay on the side of the
road traffic heading south.. You will first pass a store. We are the
down. It is a corner house. Identified by decorative well, decorative
iron fence and sign over back garage advertising mechanic.
Targu Mures Go
to bus station TAM (located behind main bus terminal "Voijor".
Take bus headed to Sighisoara or Sovata. or Balauseri (all routes pass our village: bus leaves
approximately every 45 minutes. ) Get down off the bus in Valenii.
(Approximately 15 minute bus ride. Cost 6 lei)
Bus Schedule : www.autogari.ro
Bucharest - Brasov
Bucharest Bus Station:
Autogara C&I: Ritmului
bus terminal (at main train station . Also departs from airport).
Take bus to
Targu Mures. Purchase ticket for Acatari ("akatsar").. Bus
departs every 2 hours
Bus Schedule : www.autogari.ro
(Approximately 5.5 hr duration from Bucharest / 2.5 hours from Brasov)
Note: Inform the driver before and upon reaching Valenii or he may pass it by....
(Valenii is located after villages ..Nades, Tigmandru, .Chendu - Balauseri - Gaiesti -
Valenii - .... if you reached Acatari then you passed us. Go back!
via Bucharest - Brasov
Train schedule: www.cfr.ro
Train from Bucharest Gara de nord or Brasov train station to Sighisoara. Upon arriving Sighisoara follow Sighisoara directions....