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 After bad luck comes good fortune (Romani)

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PostSubject: After bad luck comes good fortune (Romani)   Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:15 pm

Name: Esmeralda Balan

Representative of: Romani/Roma peoples of Europe and North Africa, traditionally referred to as the Gypsy culture

Gender: Female

Age:
Human: 22, Historical: Approximately 1,000 years old according to legend

Brief personality:
An adventurous, free-spirited young woman, Esmeralda loves nothing more than travelling and roaming the world over. She is skilled in various arts of performance entertainment including dancing, singing, acrobatics, playing music, and of course, telling fortunes. She's also a very versatile craftsmen and dabbles in making jewelry, decorative scarves, and various tonics and potions for a variety of ailments; anything she can sell to make money while on the road. She's very outgoing and a bit of a wile trickster. She often enjoys poking fun at and even playing occasional pranks on the various European countries, playing on their fears and superstitions of her as being an evil witch, a swindler, and/or a child stealer. She also mocks them for their sedentary lifestyle and their desire for worldly goods, both of which are foreign and foolish to her.

Brief physical description:
Esmeralda is a woman of average height and build with an olive complexion, long, wavy black hair, bright sea-green eyes, and a beauty mark on right cheek. Her attire is extremely colorful and includes a long purple skirt with patches of various different fabrics and patterns on it, a bright red sash around her waist with jingling gold coins hanging from it, a white peasant blouse with intricate flowery embroidery, and a blue scarf around her head. She also wears a lot of elaborate jewelry including various bangle bracelets on her wrists and ankles, several beaded necklaces, large gold hoop earrings along with several others that go up around her ear lobes, several jeweled rings, and a nostril piercing. She foregoes any kind of make-up or elaborate grooming due to her highly nomadic lifestyle. She also sometimes prefers to go barefoot, especially when performing.

Brief history:
The Romani people, also referred to depending on the sub-group as Roma, Sinti or Sindhi, Kale, or Romani, are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, who live primarily in Europe. They originated in northwest regions of the Indian subcontinent and left sometime between the 6th and 11th century to work in Middle Eastern courts of their own volition, or as slaves. A small number of nomadic groups were cut off from their return to the subcontinent by conflicts and moved west, eventually settling in Europe, Turkey and North Africa via Iran.

Romani are dispersed, with their concentrated populations in Europe – especially Central, Eastern and Southern Europe including Turkey, Spain and Southern France. They originated in Northern India and arrived in Mid-West Asia, then Europe, around 1,000 years ago, either separating from the Dom people or, at least, having a similar history; the ancestors of both the Romani and the Dom left North India sometime between the sixth and eleventh century.

Since the nineteenth century, some Romani have also migrated to the Americas. There are an estimated one million Roma in the United States; and 800,000 in Brazil, most of whose ancestors emigrated in the nineteenth century from eastern Europe. Brazil also includes some Romani descended from people deported by the government of Portugal during the Inquisition in the colonial era. In migrations since the late nineteenth century, Romani have also moved to other countries in South America and to Canada.

In February 2016, during the International Roma Conference, the Indian Minister of External Affairs stated that the people of the Roma community were children of India. The conference ended with a recommendation to the Government of India to recognise the Roma community spread across 30 countries as a part of Indian diaspora.

The Romani language is divided into several dialects, which add up to an estimated number of speakers larger than two million. The total number of Romani people is at least twice as large (several times as large according to high estimates). Many Romani are native speakers of the language current in their country of residence, or of mixed languages combining the two; those varieties are sometimes called Para-Romani.

The Romani have been described by Diana Muir Appelbaum as unique among peoples because they have never identified themselves with a territory; they have no tradition of an ancient and distant homeland from which their ancestors migrated, nor do they claim the right to national sovereignty in any of the lands where they reside, rather, Romani identity is bound up with the ideal of freedom expressed, in part, in having no ties to a homeland. The absence of traditional origin stories and of a written history has meant that the origin and early history of the Romani people was long an enigma. Indian origin was suggested on linguistic grounds as early as 200 years ago.

The genetic evidence identified an Indian origin for Roma. One theory suggests that the name ultimately derives from a form ḍōmba- 'man of low caste living by singing and music', attested in Classical Sanskrit.[9] An alternative view is that the ancestors of the Romani were part of the military in Northern India. When there were invasions by Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi and these soldiers were defeated, they were moved west with their families into the Byzantine Empire between AD 1000 and 1030.

Genetic evidence connects the Romani people to the descendants of groups which emigrated from South Asia towards Central Asia during the medieval period.

Religious affiliation:
Various, but mostly an eclectic form of Christianity

Any special powers or abilities:
Fortune telling and other forms of divination, ability to create various potions and medicinal tonics


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PostSubject: Re: After bad luck comes good fortune (Romani)   Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:00 pm

You need to take the citation numbers out of your history. Thanks.

Also, there are Gypsies in Romania. Gypsies are a culture, not just travelling Romani people. Gypsy used in that term is a racist term, so can you change it to the Gypsy culture?

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PostSubject: Re: After bad luck comes good fortune (Romani)   Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:12 pm

Took out the citation numbers and changed her representation to Romani people/culture (ie: the people who were traditionally referred to as Gypsies). The only reason I used the term Gypsy was so as not to confuse people who might associate the term Romani as being strictly Romanian when in reality, she represents the Romani peoples of multiple countries.
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