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20 articles that offer another perspective on the history of the Roma community, its traditions and customs, traditional music, clothing and food and different Roma figures that made history.
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Roma music

A fiddle is heard, a cymbal is heard, The sweet voice of a minstrel… (Trec Țiganii)  From the oldest times to now, Roma people were considered one the finest musicians, the first lute players. Even though their music has changed

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Roma and the silver cup

The Cortorari are a Roma community in Transylvania whose most valuable asset is the Tahtai, a silver cup inherited from generation to generation. Having a Tahtai is like having a nobility title. The cup is part of a marriage negotiations,

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Roma tradition and culture in the culinary art

The roots of Roma gastronomy reflect the nomadic life the community used to have. Ingredients like meat, cabbage, potatoes and cheese can be found in multiple traditional recipes, while the preparation and serving rituals are based on hindu principles of

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The Romas: From a tent to… palace

While a nomadic at its origins, the Roma community is today in its majority a stable population. The prestigious and impressive houses that look like palaces, or the PVC unsanitary houses at the outskirts of numerous cities, they both represent

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Exploring Reykjavik through Job Shadowing

In the field of experiential learning, there is one known as job shadowing.  The trip to Reykjavik, Iceland, organised as part of our Roma Stories project, meant an exchange of know-how for a group of five Roma people. Their experience

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Roma women who make history

Even though usually portrayed as oppressed figures, secondary characters in their fathers, brothers or husbands’ stories, there are Roma women out there who fight each day and are doing remarkable activism work or are actively involved in politics, the Arts

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Famous roma musical artists and bands

Roma singers and lute players have been a constant presence when it comes to different celebrations and festivals. Today, few are the ones still singing this type of traditional music. Thus, it is important to understand the history of such

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Traditional Roma clothing

Traditional clothing is an important identity element for a community. Vibrant colours, hair braided with golden coins, wide-brimmed hats, big earring and salbe, full skirts and shirts printed with flowers, all of these are specific and easily recognisible elements of

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Roma community in art

The portrayal of Roma community in art (paintings, literature, theater, opera and later, cinema and TV) is usually influenced by rasism and ignorance. Thus, we speak about how Roma people often appear as negative characters, dangerous, hard to tame, connected

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Roma from faith to religion

The main religious cults Roma are part of are Christianity and Islam, but a big majority chose to convert to different neo-protestant ones. Thus, the Romas transisioned to cults, such as „The Church of The Burning Stake” and “Hope for

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Roma in communism

Romania in the communist era was for many Roma people hard to bear.  They were harassed and secluded from modern cities, then there were efforts made to integrate them into society and the work force, while authorities also “sold” them

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Romas and the occult (Gypsy Magic)

Tarot cards, palm or crystal ball readings, spells and curses are associated by many with the Roma community, holding beliefs and stereotypes about their connection with the occultism. Even if many of Romani rituals and traditions can be considered draped

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Roma and the tradition of craftsmanship

Each object created by a craftman is unique. One hammer hit higher, the other one lower, but never the same. Many Roma communities pride themselves with the craftmanship they have been practicing for generations and are still trying to keep

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