A GYPSY CAMP IN ROMANIA
by Luiza Puiu
They have been living for centuries on the edge of society according to their own rules and rituals. Loud, colorful, numerous, the Gypsy braziers (craftmen) have a history of expulsions, wanderings, discrimination and seizures. The communists tried to force them to remain in one place, accommodated them in cities where they had to work in factories and metallurgical plants. Afterwards, most of them stopped living the nomad life. Even today, there are communities in search of their good luck through the land, from the melt of the snow to the end of the autumn. Some Gypsy families live in tents and huts in winter on the coast of the Timiş river, in Sag, Romania. They have replaced horses and carriages with Dacia cars and continue to travel the country. Although they have big houses in Strehaia, old people say, they prefer to live freely, in tribes. This is the reason why they are called half-nomads. Their children go to school, youngsters have begun their own businesses and have given up the old Gypsy traditions. Many of them deny their ethnicity.