We Are the Romani People: Volume 28

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Written by a Romani (gypsy), this introduction to Roma life, health, food, culture, and society provides an insightful look at this despised by mysterious minority originating in India. Extensively illustrated, it looks at the people, their history since leaving India 1,000 years ago, and their rejection and exclusion from society in the countries where they settled. It offers candid advice on rejecting prejudices and stereotypes and getting to know the Roma as individuals, with short biographies of Roma in many different walks of life.

Ian Hancock received his Ph.D. from London University and teaches Romani studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is the director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Center. He was born in Britain but descends on his father's side from the Benczi Imre family, which left Hungary in the second half of the 19th century. In 1998 President Clinton appointed him to represent Romanies on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. he is the author of over 300 books and articles, mostly on the Roma.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902806198
  • Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Interface Collection
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 519,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

1 History 1
How Westerners learnt the Romanies' true origin 2
O Teljaripe: The move out of India 6
O Aresipe: arrival in Byzantium and the West 14
2 Rrobija: Slavery 17
Desrrobireja: Abolition 23
The enslavement of Romanies in other places 26
3 The Buxljaripe: Out into Europe 29
What the Europeans thought 31
4 O Baro Porrajmos: The Holocaust 34
5 Explaining antigypsyism 53
Romanies as foreign intruders and non-Christians 54
Physical appearance 56
Exclusionary culture 58
Way of life 59
The parallel, created 'Gypsy' image 61
Scapegoatism 62
The vague understanding of Romani origins 62
6 The Gypsy image 64
Origins of the fictionalized gypsy 64
The two faces of Romani identity 67
7 How Indian are Romanies? 70
8 How European are Romanies? 77
9 Cuisine 80
10 Health 88
11 How to interact with Romanies 91
Crime 94
Slave mentality 97
Anger 97
Personal hygiene 98
Nomadism 99
Morals 100
Magic 102
Our stereotypes of non-Romanies 102
Some suggestions 103
12 The emergence of Romani organizations 111
13 Contributions, accomplishments and persons of note 125
14 Amari Chib: Our language 139
Romani vocabulary 143
Samples of the language: Some useful phrases 144
Samples of the language: Some proverbs 145
Samples of the language: A joke 148
App Romani grammar 150
Recommended sources 161
Works referenced in the text 166
Index 174
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