Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sinti and Roma (Gypsy) People of Europe

"Today, with the rise of strident nationalism in many of the eastern European nations and unemployment throughout Europe, Sinti and Roma continue to face widespread public prejudices and official discrimination."...Sinti and Roma ("Gypsies"): Victims of the Nazi Era - Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

"The English term Gypsy (or Gipsy) originates from the Greek word Αιγύπτοι (Aigyptoi, whence modern Greek γύφτοι gifti), in the erroneous belief that the Romanies originated in Egypt, and were exiled as punishment for allegedly harboring the infant Jesus." - Romani people, Wikipedia, also at Roma People - Gypsies - Crystalinks

"Romani social behavior is strictly regulated by Hindu purity laws ("marime" or "marhime"), still respected by most Roma (and by most older generations of Sinti)." - Romani people, Wikipedia

"Language: Most Romanies speak one of several dialects of Romani, an Indo-Aryan language." See Indo-Aryan languages on Wiki

"Europe will never again see colourful Gypsy caravans, hear their rhapsodic music or listen to their awesome tales....": Roma and Sinti - Music During the Holocaust

Related links:

The definition of Aryan - Wiki

As opposed to Arian with an "i": Arian controversy (also see Arianism) - Wiki