posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 04:48 PM
Originally posted by TexasConspiracyNut
I know two clans of Romamian Gypsies here.
Please note that Rom does not refer to Romania or Rome. Your travellers may well be Romanian but even if they are from Chicago they would still be
Rom. ( See wikipedia for details)
You stated: "A few are dishonest" This statement would apply to any group of people. You got a hundred priests? A few would be dishonest. A hundred
grannies? I BET my life savings there would be a few dishonest grandmas out there.
Today the word Gypsy is usually not used in a very positive context. That's too bad. They have a very intresting and indepth history. They are honest
, hardworking, and very family oriented. They are nomads and that does indeed mean that the buck really does stop somewhere. Someone has to lead a
group of people traveling together. They are nomads. Nomads usually don't practice democracy, becasue it isn't practical in a small group.
The reason the the Rom have a reputaion for stealing is simple. There were times when they had to steal. Imagin you have your family, it is winter,
game is sparse, no one in the villages you have visited need pots scrubbed or knives sharpend. The local priest won't help becasue many other groups
have been here in recent weeks, what's left? This was a reality for many years for my people. In Switzerland the Jenisch were systematically and
openly discriminated against until the mid 70's. Today the discrimination is subtle. After many years of persecution many Jenisch hid their roots and
forgot about their unique heritage. This means the Swiss government has been mostly successful. Most Jenisch have integrated or disapeared.
On a quick personal note: I was recently looking for a new place to live. My last name is Jenisch but there is also a large family that has the same
name who are not Jenisch. Anyway this older lady asked me which "last name" family I was part of, The ones from Zug or the ones from Graubunded, The
Jenisch are from Graubunden. I lied and said I was part of the Zug clan. I felt like total crap when I left there. Still do. But I won't deny my
heritage ever again. The price is too high.
[edit on 12/13/2005 by apocalypta]