[Ansteorra] Re: Ansteorra Digest, Vol 28, Issue 30

Skye Dreamsinger skyeds at tex1.net
Wed Sep 14 14:57:46 PDT 2005

>Message: 1
>Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:17:57 -0500
>From: Catalina Ana de Salamanca <catalina at ravenkeep.org>
>Subject: [Ansteorra] Re: Romantic Personas

>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
>Bryn Gwlad

Here here!  Well said!  And we have an excellent starting point for research right here in Austin, at the University of Texas, in the person of Dr. Ian Hancock, and his Patrin website.

Vale, In servizio,
Bella Peregrina
Phuri Dai, Kumpania Peregrina
Lovara Rom
(MKA Skye)

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