Approximately 30 years ago, a film premiered in Buenos Aires movie, but a very unique film, shot in Yugoslavia, which had not yet been divided into several countries, as it is today.

In one scene of the aforementioned film, a party was held in a gypsy camp to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

They did not ignore that the bird sings every spring and that man only sings some times…

And at that party, the polychromy of their traditional costumes, the magic of their music, the charm of their dances, could not conceal the sadness of the life of the gypsies. A life not only painful, difficult, but also –and this is the most painful thing– subject to the contempt of the people around them.

And a few years ago I had the opportunity to enter a gypsy camp, on a trip I made to northern Argentina, on the occasion of a talk to which I had been invited.

I spent a whole afternoon at the camp. I learned so many things about this town!

For example, there are many tribes. The one I visited was the Kalderash tribe, which moves around Americaand in which their women are picturesquely dressed in multiple colored skirts. These are the ones we see in our country.

And to understand each other, they use English, French or German.

In any case, its base language is Romance, a language derived from Latin.

It is estimated that there are about 10,000,000 Gypsies in the world, who by their origin could be divided into two large groups: those of Slavic origin and those of Spanish origin.

It is estimated that approximately 40,000 gypsies live in our country.

Now, what is the geographical origin of the gypsies? Where do they come from?

There are various legends about their origins. Some place them in places as diverse as Hungary, India, Siberia or the Middle East.

A high percentage of them tend to have an innate ability for music (harp-violin and organ in particular).

They have also contributed greatly to flamenco, Moorish and Jewish music.

Franz Liszt believed that Hungarian folklore was brought to that country by the Gypsies. Their contribution to Romanian, Russian and French folklore is also indisputable.

The special idiosyncrasy of the Gypsies has meant that over the last five centuries they have suffered persecution and injustice in almost all the towns with or within which they lived.

It’s just that it usually happens to despise oneselfand even fight, what is unknown!

And in the film I mentioned at the beginning, “I Found Happy Gypsies,” a character not a gypsy, He says to another non-gypsy:

-“When I understand what is different, I see it as less different.

And I add, Gentlemen today:

-“Isn’t it just a lack of understanding that is different?”

Gypsies are people who are very adaptable to the country in which they find themselves.

This is evident in music, language and even religion. Examples:

In Turkey, for example, they are Muslims, in Greece they are Greek Orthodox Christians, and in Europe, depending on the country, they are Catholic or Protestant.

Their isolation is often based on the conviction that the world around them is hostile to them, since it does not understand them. nor does he want to do it.

They have a concept sacred of the family bond and unity and of the I respect and veneration which is due to the elderly. Of course, there are also numerous taboos to which women in particular are subject:

For example, if a man is sitting, women cannot pass in front of him without asking his permission.

In recent years they have added a university culture to their traditional craftsmanship.

There are already a large number of doctors, lawyers and engineers in the USA. And the acquired culture allows them to understand “that the world is changing faster than they are.” And the Gypsies want to move with the world, but not being forced to move through the world around them.

Let us hope that Anthropology, in its evolution, will discover that there is only one race: the human race. And that the Gypsies will achieve full recognition as beings who feel, who love, who suffer. And that they will crystallize their hope that God will finally unite all men in the world in a true Universal Brotherhood.

And from that kind of abandonment, indifference, and contempt with which gypsies are usually viewed, this aphorism emerged in my mind:

“When a man abandons himself, it is because he was abandoned.”

Source: Ambito

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