[Ansteorra] Re: Romantic Personas
Catalina Ana de Salamanca
catalina at ravenkeep.org
Tue Sep 13 16:17:57 PDT 2005
Well, I have had a very hard time researching the Rom. Since the word
Gypsy isn't even what they call themselves, and since a large portion of
the modern population remains illiterate (some by choice), this is a
very hard group to study.
One of the ways to find information is to look at the paperwork that is
created by or about a people group. Thanks to that, we can trace the Rom
migration across Europe. Laws were often passed about them within 5
years of first arrival. Sometimes they are noted in diaries or town
ordinances. Since all of this information is created by gadjo (non-Rom)
it is a little speculative.
Right now, there are lots of different takes on "gypsies", from the
"Esmereldas" to "Gypsy Bellydance" to the Victorian child theives. None
of these are really correct, but may have some bit of truth to them.
The important thing is to keep looking, keep researching, and not let
the facts be covered up by any romantic concepts.
If you want an in-depth lecture(what?!? this isn't one?:)), talk to me
in person sometime.
~Catalina Ana de Salamanca
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