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Chilean Gitano Origins by Gaston Salamanca

Fri ,29/10/2010

After receiving writen permission by Gastón Salamanca, a Chilean professor from the Universidad de Concepción, I translated a few pages from his now closed website on Chilean Gitanos he had authored. It is a pity the website was closed because it provided such useful information specifically about Chilean Gitanos; about the language, origins, occupations, various tribes, etc. So that the precious information Gastón Salamanca wrote may not be lost, I have provided my English translation of the webpage regarding the Origins of Chilean Gitanos. Here is the transcript:


Phoenix – From Dust and Ashes

Thu ,28/10/2010

Recently the world has been glued to the news awaiting the rescue of the 33 miners trapped in a collapsed mine in the Atacama desert, Chile. The rescue ended today after “engineers deployed the escape capsule, dubbed “Phoenix” after the mythical bird that rose from the ashes” (source).

The Phoenix has long remained a symbol of rebirth and longevity. The Phoenix also embraces the old adage, “What ever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Though recognised from ancient times, the Phoenix remains a symbol to be reckoned with. But the Phoenix has been believed to be more than a symbol. In fact, to ancient naturalists, the Phoenix was a real bird and there had even been some eye witnesses.


Origins of Chilean Romani Gitanos

Tue ,01/06/2010

The academic world has been attempting to rationalise the origins of Roma for many decades. There is a general consensus, that is based on both linguistic and DNA sciences, that Roma originated from northern India. This, supposed, Indian origins for Romany people was seen as a breakthrough for anthropologists. Why? Because for hundreds of years the Roma people have been an extremely reclusive people, so much so that they have been considered as a group “that don’t want in… as far as traditional anthropological categories are concerned” (Macmillan Library Reference, 1999, s.v. “Peripatetics”).


DNA Testing and Racism

Tue ,01/06/2010

It often goes without say that we all think differently and process information in our own unique way. As do scientists – the people who bring us the information that influence, and may even define, many of our realities.


Jews – the Christ Killers?

Mon ,31/05/2010

Have you ever heard Jewish people being accused for the death of Jesus Christ? Sadly, the annals of history reveal how the Roman Catholic leadership branded Jewish people with the ethnoreligious slur of “Christ killers”. The stigma of “Christ killer” has had disastrous affects upon innocents. A myriad of Jewish people who had no relation with Jesus Christ have been massacred by the direct authority of the Roman Catholic church. The fact that the massacred were Jewish innocents is not as relevant as the fact that these innocents were indeed human beings. But the public often readily forgets the humanity of a targeted group when they are demonised by the supposed guardians of Christianity.


Eurocentrism and Gypsies

Mon ,04/01/2010

Eurocentrism and Its Impact on Romani Gypsies


In the fifteenth century, the Romani Gypsy people entered Western Europe, en masse (Lee, 2000). They came in peace, seeking amnesty from their torturous travels (Lee, 2000) from the land of Punjabi, India (Nadia & Peter, 1998). Along with the Romani Gypsies came their spirit filled culture (Lee, 2000; Gadalla, 2004). A culture that is one with Devel, the One God (Auken, 1999). A culture that honours the Earth as the giver of all life (ibid; Lee, 2000; Gadalla, 2004). A respecting culture, of all living beings (ibid). The Romany Gypsies have an ancient and timeless culture (Lee, 2000; Gadalla, 2004) that traces its roots to the beginnings of the Egyptian civilisation (Gadalla, 2004; The True Origin of Roma and Sinti). A rudimentary understanding of Ancient Egypt will reveal that it is considered a highly civilised culture (Auken, 1999), as is the culture of the Romani Gypsy (Gadalla, 2004). Federico Garcia Lorca, “in commenting on the significance of the (Egyptian) Romany/Gitano in his poems observed: … the gitano is the most distinguished, profound and aristocratic element in my country, the one that most represents its Way of being and best preserves the fire, the blood and the alphabet of the Andalusian and universal truth” (Gadalla, 2004, underlining mine). Unfortunately, the grandeur of the Romani Gypsy culture has been belittled and stereotyped as a culture of “filthy beggars in rags” (ibid).