Discussion and Connection group for Gypsy/Romany/Rroma men, and for those who are interested in the history, linguistics, traditions, tales, and music of these peoples. Latcho Drom
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The Romani (also Romany, Romanies, Romanis, Roma or Roms; exonym: Gypsies; Tsiganes, Sinti, Kale/Calo, Romani: Romane or Rromane, depending on the dialect) are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who trace their origins to medieval India.
The Romani are widely dispersed with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, especially the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe and Anatolia, followed by the Iberian Kale in Southwestern Europe and Southern France, with more recent diaspora populations in the Americas and, to a lesser extent, in other parts of the world.
Their Romani language is divided into several dialects, which add up to an estimated number of speakers larger than two million. The total number of Romani people is at least twice as large (several times as large according to high estimates), and many Romani are native speakers of the language current in their country of residence, or of mixed languages combining the two.
Romani-English Dictionary: Romany Dictionary - personal project from college years. Needs updating.
Breakdown of the Language structure
Roma News from Radio Prague: http://romove.radio.cz/en/
Amnesty International - 11 things about the Roma
Reading though this thoughtful testimony by my friend, Qristina, I am struck by several things.…Continue
John Feffer has written a good article in the Huff po, interviewing a roma activist of many years, about persistent (and even unconscious) discrimination both among the roma, and those who would help…Continue
Petra Gelbart has written an eloquent article detailing her experience with the UN and their official remembrance ceremonies which, year after year, continue to make only token, if any mention, of…Continue