True History of the Romani People
- The Gypsy Stigma: Fact Versus Fiction
- Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
- Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Who are the Romani people? The Romani people have been historically known as “Gypsies”, or bands of travelers who journey across the land without a permanent home. The word Gypsy comes from the English word Gyptian, short for Egyptian. This comes from the widely held belief during the Middle Ages that the Romani people originated in Egypt. However, the Romani are unique among people groups as they do not identify their cultural heritage with a particular territory or homeland. They do not claim any rights to any of the lands on which they reside or any national sovereignty. Rather, Romani identity is tied to the ideal of radical freedom expressed by not having a particular homeland.
Many countries have their own various words to name the Romani people other than Gypsies, though this is the most widely known English word for the group. In most countries of Eastern Europe, locals refer to them using the universal word tzigane, which is derived from the Greek word for untouchable and is considered a highly offensive slur. Most of the names given to the Romani people have negative connotations. The Romani people most frequently refer to themselves as "Roma", which means “people”. They are also known as “Rom”, “Romany”, or “Romani”.
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- Roland Hesz
It was a great listening, however it's really just a quick overview of the history.
And I appreciate that it's difficult, but it would be great to see at least some minimum effort to pronounce the non-English names correctly.