When a thought enters the mind revolving around fortune telling, palm reading, and crystal balls, one is more than likely thinking about the image of a Gypsy. Gypsies live a way of life that is not common to the regular masses. The loud music, partying through the nights, and moving whole families across countries at the blink of an eye is not a common practice for the average human, unless the human is a Gypsies. This ethnic group is thought to have originated from India and was considered travelers of the world, practicing a religion of sorts called Paganism. When a Gypsy family would move to another area in a country, the family would automatically change this religion to try and adopt to the new surroundings. This practice caused a contemptuous belief that Gypsies could not be held truly religious by nature. Today the two main religions that have become strong among the Gypsies are Eastern Orthodox Christian and Muslim, but the journey to the road of religious strength was not easy nor peaceful. This particular ethnic group presides in vast regions across the world, and can be found in large masses in Europe. Gypsy, is just one of the many common names this population is referred to as. Bulgaria’s Gypsies are particularly referred to as Roma’s. Those of the Christian faith are specifically called Dasikane Roma and those of Moslem faith are Xoranane Roma. The Roma have lived through many different forms of criticism for the lifestyle and culture that is adhere to,
The reason the Jews went to the Ottoman Empire was because the Christians persecuted them because of their different beliefs. The Jews were so scared of what the Christians might do they wanted to settle in a safer place which the Ottomans offered them. The Ottomans offering them land was the best thing the Jews could have asked for. The Ottomans offered the Jews protection, offered them communal autonomy and tolerated their religious practices.
Jews and Syrian refugees have been through many stages of prejudice and hardships through their lives, but they’ve also received hospitality from others that want to reach out a helping hand. Both articles demonstrate critical ways they're in similar, but also contrasting situations. The striking similarities that both share are how they fled their country to find a new home, looking out for people to help and understand them along with gaining their trust, and getting dragged into ghastly camps just for inspection. Even with similarities comes with distinctive parts for example, what event cause them to leave their homes and what tragic affairs they went through. Going through disastrous times, these people deserve to receive a welcoming invitation and a heart-warming greeting from everyone that can assist these people in every way they can.
Authors empower our understanding of the world through compassion and empathy. Meaning to make readers share and understand the feelings of another. In “Harvest Gypsies” by John Steinbeck the author informs of two families and their tussles for survival.In the same manner, Kevin Starr in his excerpt titled “Endangered Dreams” tells of a family and their daily troubles. Both taken place during the great depression they both depict the hardships of migrant families trapped in poverty. While Dorothea Lange helped readers perceive the poor living conditions of the 1900’s through her photo, John Steinbeck helped evoke the most empathy through his descriptiveness, straightforward style, and listing of dramatic events.
By 1940, Roma gypsies were rounded up and made to live in encampments. These in time became fenced in ghettos. From these ghettos, many were transported by train to detention camps to await deportation. They were forced to wear black triangle markings for being asocial or a green triangle for being professional criminals. Besides being treated as in the camps, they were also subjected to multiple medical experiments, including “special experiments that were supposed to prove scientifically that their blood was different from German blood.” Many of the gypsy women were sterilized against their will, which included any female child over the age of twelve. This was done so they would not be able to continue their ancestral line, thought to be impure inferior and worthless. Most Roma gypsies were exterminated in the camps.
Palestine has a long history of being ruled by different empires, all of which followed different religions. Its culture has been exposed to the influence of the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans and a few others. It is in the heart of the Middle East and it houses the three major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Judaism being one of the oldest religions, dating as far back as 2000 BCE in Canaan. Christianity, which then took into Judaism’s steps spread more vigorously and was more recently “recognized in New Testament studies” (Yencich 120). Then many years later came Islam, which had its own peak as well. These three monotheistic religions seem to echo each other’s tales, ideals, and values. The conflict between the Arabs and the Israelis over this Holy Land has been going on for years.
What is empathy? How do you show empathy? How does empathy deepen our understanding about the world? This unit we focused a lot on empathy. There was two certain selections in our book that caught my interest. Both Marigolds and The Harvest Gypsies showed empathy. Although Marigolds evoked more empathy since they went more into it.
I did have a few questions that I was curious about that I wanted to ask Mr. D. As stated earlier, I wanted to know why he consider being Jewish as his race and religion. He stated that his parents taught him that at a young age that being Jewish was his race and religion. He did say that he know other races that are Jewish but it was kind of hard for him to accept that. Like I said before, Jewish people consider themselves as a family and according to Mr. D’s Jewish family, all of them where white. I can understand why he thinks the way he thinks about Jews as a race, I had to consider what time period his parents and Mr. D grew up in. Mr. D and his parents grew up in a time where races did not mixed with each other. So, it would be hard for Mr. D to see other races as Jews, because when he grew up everybody in the Jewish faith was white and his parents did not tell him any differently. I was curious about that because after reading Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz’s (2013) reading, I wanted to know why Mr. D consider it to be his race and religion. The reading states that Jews are not a race, but it is a religion. The article talked about how many other people of color believe in the Jewish faith and that anyone can believe in the faith. I just needed clarification to why Mr. D thought that.
A micro-culture is a group of people within a culture that differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong. As a member of the Christian faith, a micro-culture that I strongly associate myself with is Coptic Orthodoxy. There are many branches of Christianity all over the world today and Coptic Orthodoxy is one that is constantly growing.
However, Dubravka Ugresic’s recalling of her past goes beyond monotone narration. When thinking back to her first encounter with “Gypsies”, Ugresic acknowledges the fact that this group falls into “the most stigmatized population in the world” (20). Her acknowledgement of such stigma proves that she is capable of identifying malicious social constructs. More importantly, her acknowledgement reveals her sympathy for the “stigmatized population” and unveils her distaste for the stereotype’s perpetuity.
In modern times, it seems that religion is both a large part of much of many people’s life but also regularly overlooked in contemporary societies. Some label themselves as subscribing to a certain religion, such as Catholic, but perhaps do not always act on the principles of their religion. As civil unrest has erupted in northern Africa and the Middle East, millions of people have been displaced and forced to find a new place to call home, and recently the places they have looked to are well-developed European countries. The majority of Europe is Christian, with a large portion of that being Catholic, and so in the midst of this situation it is crucial to examine how European responses to the migrant crisis have compared to the Catholic Church’s position on migration, to see if people are truly putting their religion into practice.
Some Roma hide their ethnic identities because it can be dangerous and bad for their business because of the stereotyping that goes along with being a Roma. Also, depending on the community, they may be threatened, attacked, or discriminated again.
1.3 Analysis of legislation, society and culture made available by services for Travellers and Gypsies
The Orthodox consider their origin to be the same as the Catholic origin. Their history is the same as Catholic history as it is recorded in Acts of the Apostles, written by the apostle Luke. Their history follows the Old testament, and they believe theirs is the church founded by Jesus (Shmeman). The Orthodox church separated from the Catholic church after centuries of division and disagreements between the two. The leaders of the Western and Eastern churches excommunicated each other in 1054, in addition to many other issues relating to politics as well as than theology. For the common people, the rift began to form when the Western Church pillaged Constantinople during the fourth crusade. The Patriarch of Antioch,
In the Ottoman Empire Jews and Christians were given protection by the state. The protection is called Dhimma, and this protection was given to the Jewish and Christians religions because the Muslims believed in the same prophets. However, the Jews and Christians later had to pay a poll tax because they did not not believe in Muhammad as the final prophet like the Muslims, so there was still discrimination in the Ottoman Empire even with the Dhimma. It is interesting that although the Jews were accepted there was still discrimination because they did not believe in Muhammad being the final prophet.
Gypsies are an ethnic group, scattered throughout Europe and North America, who maintain a nomadic way of life in industrialized societies. They migrated from Northern India in around the 14th century and pride themselves on maintaining all elements of traditional gypsy culture. The most significant differences between my life and that experienced by Gypsy adolescents are evident in their family life, gender roles, educations and traditions.