Gypsy dating rules

09 May

Newspaper headlines talk of being "gypped" and police officers declare themselves experts on "Gypsy Crime" (just imagine a "Jewish Crime" specialist! They get away with it because most people think that "Gypsy" describes anyone who fits the popular traveler fantasy.So, while the real Rom are strangers, their stigma is very familiar.There is a long-standing negative attitude towards the Roma in much of Eastern Europe.Those families who do adopt Romani children frequently experience predjufice, and themselves express the misguided anxiety that genetics will "predispose" the child to grow up to be lazy, unintelligent and/or dishonest.Are you a Gypsy, Traveler or Roader, or have some ancestry in any one of such groups?This site is dedicated to you; to help you become more aware of your own rich heritage, to help preserve your traditions, language and knowledge of where you came from and who you are.

They tend to start having children at a very young age, have a high birth rate, and are apt to have unplanned pregancies.

Preservation of your ethnic heritage and pride in your own ethnic identity are some of the most valuable assets that any parents can leave to their children and grandchildren.

To be of Gypsy or Traveler background is something special, something to be treasured along with the language, customs, and cultural values embodied in a unique way of life.

Many Americans are familiar with them, but to most they are still strangers. Gypsies worldwide, more properly known as "Rom," are part of an ethnic group whose ancestors left India a thousand years ago.

Outside mainstream America, beyond the consciousness of mass media, excluded from discussions about minorities, there are a million familiar strangers living in this country: American Gypsies. Today, many American Rom combine the extremes of what is very foreign and very American: they speak to ghosts in a foreign language, and wear Stetsons while driving Cadillacs to the local shopping mall for Mac Donalds hamburgers.