Also known as “Roma,” the gypsy people, are a culture filled with fascination and vast differences from within. Originating from India, they do not conform to any strict religion, and around 1,500 years ago they migrated across the globe after leaving India. These nomadic people now live all over the planet, but can mostly be found in Europe.
12% of Romania’s population becomes to the Roma tribe, making Romania the most populated area for the Roma. Other countries that have big numbers of the Roma are Turkey, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, France, and Spain. But now, they have migrated everywhere.
The United States has 1 million Roma, and across the ocean, Brazil has around 800,000. And in recent years, the shows Gypsy Sisters, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and Arranged have helped shed more light on this very secretive gypsy community.
Gypsies are constantly getting stereotyped, like almost every other group of people. People generally tend to associate gypsies with dancing, child brides, fortune tellers, caravans, lavish weddings, elaborate dresses, women wearing gold bangle bracelets, and the very closed-off and tight knit communities the Roma are so known for having.
Stereotypes came into existence for a reason, and while some of these may have some truth to them, not every one of them does. One stereotype is that the Roma themselves tend to perpetuate is that the ladies are sexually promiscuous. Anyone would think the same after seeing the clothes they are wearing. They actually live by a strict moral code that very few people know about because they always judge a book by it’s cover first, contradictory to their actual appearance. This is just the start of what’s to come and what you will learn about this group of people.
The following are 15 very little-known rules and facts that Roma choose to live by. The Roma seem to agree on a couple of things, despite the variations between them. A tremendous amount of importance is placed on preserving their culture and family, to the point where they are secretive about both. They have both also seemed to have kept a nomadic mentality, for the most part.
The rest? There is much information on the gypsies, but for now, we will start with 15 facts and rules that you probably didn’t know.
Their Version of BAE
Bae, of course, stands for “before anyone else,” and is something younger generations say. A Bae could be your best friend, a girlfriend, a boyfriend. Basically, whoever Bae is to you is the closest person to you.
The Roma people have their own version of Bae, because what they like to say is, “Rom before anyone else,” which means Roma before anything else, it’s sort of sounds like a gang thing where it is blood in, blood out, the Roma people are known to prioritize their beliefs and heritage over everything else, to the where there’s even a term they have for non-Roma people, which is “Gadje.” Gadje shouldn’t be trusted, and the most important thing to the Roma is practicing, honoring, and preserving the Roma culture. This often means they shut other people out and also means living in secrecy.