Monday, July 13, 2009

Gypsies and Bohemianism

I found a wonderful blog with a gazillion beautious gypsy images, and a lot of lovely information. All the images in this post are from there. Of course I want to share, it's found:

She says, "Gypsy "Roma" peoples have long had a history of persecution and misunderstanding, it's something I have always wanted to do - to celebrate Gypsy culture. My book celebrates the penchant Gypsies have for finding treasure old and new and creating art. It celebrates the adventurous Gypsy spirit."

You must take a quick trip over and check it out, It's a beautiful place.

Wikipedia says, "The term bohemian, of French origin, was first used in the English language in the nineteenth century[1] to describe the untraditional lifestyles of marginalised and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities.

Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or antiestablishment political or social viewpoints, which were often expressed through free love, frugality, and/or voluntary poverty. The term emerged in France in the early 19th century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class gypsy neighbourhoods.

The term bohémien was a common term for the Romani people of France, who had reached Western Europe via Bohemia.

Literary Bohemians were associated in the French imagination with roving Gypsies (called bohemians because they were believed to have arrived from Bohemia), outsiders apart from conventional society and untroubled by its disapproval.

The term carries a connotation of arcane enlightenment ('let me tell your future'), but may also carry a pejorative connotation of carelessness about personal hygiene and marital fidelity.

The term 'Bohemian' has come to be very commonly accepted in our day as the description of a certain kind of literary gypsy, no matter in what language he speaks, or what city he inhabits .... A Bohemian is simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art.

The beautiful actual photos of gypsy families were found at the commons.

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