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SUPERSTITIONS RELATED TO DEATH IN ROMA CULTURE

Barcziova, Z.; Tothova, G.
Abstract:
It is an increasingly widespread view that the Roma are a specific and unique ethnic group, since they do not have a state and have never been at war; moreover, most of them preserve their ethnic (Roma) identity, refuse to merge into the majority society and actually intend to never give up themselves for the mainstream society. The research focused on superstitions about an important turning point in human life, i.e. on superstitions related to death, as deaths affect people and the fate of a tight community (especially in the Roma community). Research data was collected through in-depth interviews conducted with eight interviewees who declared themselves to be Hungarian, Vlach or Musician Roma and lived in five settlements of Levice District in Nitra Region, South Slovakia. We had two goals—first, to map how important superstitions are for Roma people today, and second, to gain greater insight into the culture and folk belief of the second largest minority of Slovakia, living at the margins of society, since the more we learn about the customs of other ethnic groups in Slovakia, the easier it is to understand their specific way of life, which may enable people to overcome prejudices and take an open and positive attitude towards their neighbours.
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Year:
2019
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
superstitions;Romanies;Gypsies;death
Volume:
6
SGEM Book title:
6th SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences ISCSS 2019
Book number:
5
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences - ISCSS
Pages:
77-84
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
26 August – 1 September, 2019
ISBN:
978-619-7408-95-9
ISSN:
2682-9959
Conference:
6th SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences ISCSS 2019, 26 August – 1 September, 2019
DOI:
10.5593/SWS.ISCSS.2019.5/S26.010
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