Gnosis, Psychology and the Spiritual Journey.

Outline for my speech about the persecution of the Romani people. A rough draft.







      1. In his book “We Are The Romani People: Volume 28”, Ian F. Hancock writes:


        Everywhere in Europe, throughout North and South America and in Australia, as well as in parts of Africa and Asia, there are found people who refer to themselves as Romani, and who maintain a language and a culture which set them quite apart from the rest of the world While this scattered population, which numbers about 12 million worldwide, calls itself Romani, the people among whom it lives refer to it by a great many other names: ‘Gypsies’, ‘Zigeuner’, ‘Gitanos’, ‘Heiden’, ‘Cigani’, and so on. And though everybody knows the ‘Gypsies’, far fewer really know the Romanies.


        Due to a lack of any written history of the Romani people prior to the 15th century, there are many theories and misconceptions about our origins and cultural identity.

      3. The Roma legacy is one of persecution, slavery, travel, and struggle to maintain a culture which was all but destroyed if it were not for the fighting spirit and social code which permeates Romani life.
      4. There are many myths about the Romani culture and lifestyle, many of which are responsible for the hatred and persecution still experienced by the Roma people today.
      5. I hope in this speech to set the record straight and dispel some of these myths by giving the correct information and knowledge.








      1. The general concensus, based on genetic and linguistic research, is that the Romani people came from the Indian subcontinent in an area called Rajasthan around the 11th century BCE.

        A.There are many Romani words still in use today which are obviously of Indian origin.

        1.For example the word “kalo”, meaning black, is the same in Rajasthani and “Kala”, “kali” or “kale” in Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

        2..Also, the word “phrala”, meaning brother, is “Pral” in Rajasthani and “praa” in Punjabi . These are just a few examples.

        B.There is also body habitus and ABO blood group distributions closely approximating those of the warrior classes of northern India, and this can be seen in the blood group chart included in “Romane Chave and the Problems of their Intercontinental Communication” by Dr. Vania de Gila – Kochanowski.

        1.There has been some disagreement among critics as to this, as some feel that only the conquering Aryan peoples of India filled the higher castes, while the indigenous Davidrian people from whom they believe the Roma descend took the lower ones.

        2. These lower castes ranged from tradesman down to untouchable.

      2. It is believed that the people who would later become the Roma fled to escape persecution at the hand of a conquering general, Mahmud of Ghazni.

        A.In the Patrin Web Journal, Ian F. Hancock writes that the Aryans regarded Aryan life as being more precious than non-Aryan life, and would not risk losing it in battle. So the troops that were assembled to fight the armies of Mahmud of Ghazni were all taken from non-Aryan populations, and made honorary members of the Kshattriya, or warrior caste, and allowed to wear their battledress and emblems.

        1.These troops would later travel into Europe, in a great migration known as the Aresajipe.

        2.The first place the Roma settled in Europe was Romania, from which they would spread out even further with time.

        B.The third migration of the Roma was to the Americas.

        1. According to Francois de Vaux de Foletier, between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries all the countries of Europe had received Gypsies. But although they settled as far a field as the colonies of Africa and America, they did not do so entirely of their own volition.

        2. Those Rom who settled in the United States would come to mingle with Native Americans, leading to many mixed Roma such as myself.

      3. For the Rom who would settle in Romania and Hungary, theirs would be a legacy of slavery, ethnic cleansing, and gentrification. Some would later move on to Germany, only to find the same treatment.

        A.Harold Tanner states that in Hungary the Roma were taken into slavery in the fifteenth century. Once freed, a number of restrictive measures were taken against them, including a 1740 law that stated that no Rom could perform metalworking outside his tent. This law was aimed at any attempt by the Roma to compete against native metalworkers

        1.He also tells us that in 1761, the queen of Hungary decided to turn these Roma into what she called “New Hungarians.” They were supplied tools, seed and animals for farming, despite the fact that they had never shown any interest in farming. The Romani language was outlawed, and they were not permitted to trade horses or to sleep in tents.

        2.Surprisingly this persecution continues to the present day in Romania, where Roma are forced into slums, barred from education and employment, and denied healthcare.

        B.Most people have no idea about the slaughter of Roma in the Holocaust, but these slaughters known as the porrajmos, were very real.

        1.As Myriam Novitch relates, the situation of Gypsies was worsened by a decree of 14 December 1937 which declared them to be “inveterate criminals”. In late 1937 and in 1938 there were widespread arrests, and a special section was created for Gypsies in Buchenwald concentration camp. Gypsy names appear in the death lists of many camps including Mauthausen, Gusen, Dautmergen, Natzweiler and Flossenburg.

        2.There was also sterilization of Roma women, the murder of Roma children, and Roma men being forced into slave labor, as well as the seizing of the farms and resources of sedentary Roma.











          1. I come to you today presenting this speech to give you a glimpse of the stuggle of a people which is often unknown or forgotten. The history of the Romani began by fleeing from tyranny and persecution, only to find even more.
          2. The persecution still continues today, but the first step to ending injustice is with education. I believe that non-Roma need to be educated about our history just as Roma living in the disporia do. There is an old Romani proverb which says,”‎Kon mangel te kerel tumendar roburen chi shocha phenela tumen o chachimos pa tumare perintonde”,”Those who want to enslave you will never yell you the truth about your forefathers”.
          3. I hope this presentation has at least opened one student’s mind up against their own perceptions of the Romani people, because our women don’t all look like Esmerelda from The Hunchback of notre Dame, nor do our men talk like Brad Pitt in the movie Snatch.



2 responses

  1. I don’t know why this posted that way with all the ones and the different color font, I didn’t write it that way..I might have to revise this later.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

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