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I request word-of-mouth information about gypsies. Tell me everything you know or think you know about what a modern-day gypsy would do/wear/act. This can be anything from cold, hard facts to vague impressions that you aren't sure are based in reality.

Thank you.



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May. 16th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Let's see... they are very loyal to the family, and not forgiving of anyone who leaves or goes against the family in anyway. They don't believe in mixing with non-Gypsies at all, not even to send their children to school, because they only trust their own influences. They make there living by cheating, running scams like sealing the driveways of whole neighborhoods, but just using oil instead of sealant, so it looks great until they have moved on. Hense the term 'gypped.' [as an aside, I find it interesting that no one has decided that this word is not PC...] Train their children young to help them with scams, starting with shoplifting and pick pocketing. Marriages arranged, often used to form allegiences/balance power/pay debts between groups.
Hm, see also Travelers or Irish Travelers. Similar lifestyle, different nationality.

As far as clothes... mostly what is cheap or stolen, but would have to be in keeping with the vernacular in order to pass of most of the scams.

I saw a really good movie about Gypsies... it was old and slow and I thought I wouldn't like it... but it was about the 'heir' of the Gypsy clan trying to break away from his family. He leaves, he comes back, people die... it was very good. Might make for good research. *shrugs* I'm attempting to convince the on-line library catalogue (where I borrowed it) or imdb to give up the title... I shall try once more and leave a note if I figure it out.

I hope this is for fic!! Can't wait. Gypsy stories = love! ^_^
May. 16th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
The movie is the 1978 King of the Gypsies with Eric Roberts, Judd Hirsh, Susan Sarandan, Shelley Winters, Annette O'Toole, etc. A good flick. Not sure if Hollywood got it right, but...

^_^ Have fun!
May. 16th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
well, i likely won't watch it - video media rarely holds my attention for long. ^___^;;

but yes, this is for fic. ::grin:: thank you much, this'll be v. helpful. ^____^
May. 16th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
Not all of the above is necessarily true of all gypsies and travellers, but is definitely widely believed; as a result, even in this day and age there are establishments that don't allow gypsies and travellers onto their premises.
May. 16th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
really? Like what, for example? ^____^
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