The people we call gypsies originated from India and was at the time, of course Hindus. When Islam then spread out more and more in northern India forced large numbers of people to flee and abandon their country and their religion. In order to progress, they had to exploit the contradictions within Islam and to later survive and avoid persecution forced it to adapt to the Christian faith. This has meant that many nowadays do not believe that Gypsies have a religion, that they are atheists.
Even today one can recognize Gypsy proverbs, songs, prayers and other traditions of the Hindu faith, although these gypsies Protestants and Greek Orthodox. Zigenargrupperna in different Christian countries, for example, various patron saints of which none are approved by the Church. They even have their own government missions, for example, Finland.
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS
Cleanliness is something that Gypsies takes very seriously. I mean spiritual purity as well as bodily. Washing always before sitting down at the table and if no cookware is dropped, it is often enough not to wash it, but then it should preferably be disposed. It is namely marime, ie impure, and the same applies to people if they performed an inappropriate action, even if the course is not thrown. In such cases, Marime explained for a specific time period. According gypsy is all other people, that is those not gypsy and the gypsy called Gaje, also Marime. It's because they can not distinguish what is pure and what is impure in the same way as the gypsies themselves.
Young and old are considered cleaner than others, and men are as Gypsies cleaner to the soul than women. It manifests itself in the fact that women may never be higher than men - they are considered to contaminate the man's head. Therefore it is always the women who go last up stairs and down first.
As regards accommodation and way of life have gypsies very strict rules. Many of these regulations have created tensions between Gypsies and other neighbors. Gypsies are very diligent in using the laundry room. They do it often and long. When they wash clothes wash the women and men separately, as well as the young and the old ones. Even clothing above the waist and clothes below the waist washed separately. Some objects, such as towels, tablecloths, must be washed by hand in the sink. The young men are not allowed to wash or shave in the elderly presence also contributes to the laundries is used more regularly. Another factor is that young and old may not use the same toilet - why must the young go down in the laundry room. This really applies even between women and men.
When to sleep you have to make sure that your feet never touch the refrigerator or food storage. Nor must the feet be near, or point to, the older the house. All this is because the feet are considered extremely dirty and obviously also to the elderly is considered cleaner than others. Young people must never sleep close together in the sight of elderly people and they must preferably be ascended and clothed before it gets light in the morning if there are elderly people in the house.
The question of marriage customs vary greatly between different Gypsy groups around the world. We intend to discuss how the gypsies do in Finland because there are very special rules.
Engagement and Wedding has only recently become quite common among Gypsies. In the past, there was never. Indeed ömhetsbeygelser has never been open from the gypsy. If two people took a liking to each other were kept it a secret, and the traditional way of announcing a relationship has always been to hold together. According to tradition, would the girl's brothers try to bring home his sister - the scenario is recognizable from many romantic stories and movies. Remove got married here gypsies always distanced from, it considers it shameful and think that adults should not interfere. It held the pair returns after a time to family and relatives, sometimes not until the first child already. During pregnancy it should preferably be kept secret as long as possible, and at BB visiting only younger sisters the expectant mother. After birth, the mother unclean for about six weeks and the child as long as it gets breast milk. During that time, the mother stay away as much as possible and she does not eat the same dishes as the rest of the family. Talking about sex or anything that has to do with sex with people other than family is not suitable. For this reason, it is improper to ask about a child's age and to teach children to call their parents by their first names, do not tell mom or dad. On a woman can see if she's married if she wears a headscarf, known as diclofenac, wrapped around the head and fastened usually by a beautiful piece.
Talking about death is to develop it, says the gypsies. To visit a sick person is important for all Gypsies. It is often said that if that person were to die it is important not to have any unfinished business with him. Actually, one can say that the custom to gather around a sick person most reflects the gypsy cohesion between families and Gypsies in general. You always watching of the dead - it's among all Gypsies in all countries and the ceremonies that follow are different depending on which troskådning you have.
All utensils and clothes that belonged to the deceased is burned and the time should not live in a house where someone died, but it is so clearly not always so easy to move. The only things that preserve the memory objects such as watches and jewelry that is passed down in the family.
The traditional folk costume has become less frequent use among today's gypsies. For example, Poland was the wartime need for Gypsies to conceal their identity in order to survive. Even in other Western countries have adapted the upholstery to the other people and use their traditional clothes only at festivals and parties. In Sweden the women wear, at festivals, a long flounced dress or skirt that can be sewn of different materials. The dress or blouse can be low cut and usually have short sleeves, and married women have, as I mentioned earlier, a diclofenac around the head. All colors can be used except for black, symbolizing mourning and therefore considered unclean.
In Finland, however, used the black velvet skirts. That's because when it got very cold winters in Finland in 20-30 centuries began to edge woolen skirts with black velvet. After the hand was so full skirt covered with this fabric. If you want to honor the older you should wear their traditional costume. One should also not wear make-up, cut their hair or dye it. Man wearing happy hair in braids or let attract it.
The men, especially in Finland, will happily carry long pants and boots and vest is something mandatory. Among other zigenarmän have upholstery lost their substance and in young Gypsies today it is more a question of purity and convenience than tradition.
Swedish and non-Nordic Gypsies have their own "court" where they gather for something they call the crisis, and this affected only the internal affairs such as infidelity, divorce, insults or dishonest behavior. In direct criminal actions or other events that require it as one turns naturally to the police or other authorities - its own law, they have not. The times needed to judge it by what the common law and the Gypsy ethic and tradition prescribes. When someone calls to emergency chosen few Gypsies out to the jury, or advisers as they are called. This is a mark of honor. The judgment tends to be fine or that it declared marime for a shorter or longer period of time and then temporarily excluded from the Community. After the crisis, people gather to feast of reconciliation.
In Finland, not these crises, gathered here sometimes at markets and discusses the problems that arose. If you make any unclean thing can lose his standing and reputation within their own group. If someone does something like that draws his shame not only upon himself but also Restan of his family. Family feuds or "blodshämnder" has always been and is probably a degeneration of the old customs.
Crime affects Gypsies, but are not specific for gypsies - it is namely not higher than in other ethnic groups.based on 86 ratings Gypsies,