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Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead

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For many of us, one of the most important ways of coping with the death of a close relative is talking about them, telling all who will listen what they meant to us. Yet the Gypsies of central France, the Manuand#353;, not only do not speak of their dead, they burn or discard the deceased's belongings, refrain from eating the dead person's favorite foods, and avoid camping in the place where they died.

In Gypsy World, Patrick Williams argues that these customs are at the center of how Manuand#353; see the world and their place in it. The Manuand#353; inhabit a world created by the "Gadzos" (non-Gypsies), who frequently limit or even prohibit Manuand#353; movements within it. To claim this world for themselves, the Manuand#353; employ a principle of cosmological subtraction: just as the dead seem to be absent from Manuand#353; society, argues Williams, so too do the Manuand#353; absent themselves from Gadzo societyand#8212;and in so doing they assert and preserve their own separate culture and identity.

About the Author

Patrick Williams is the director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. His numerous publications on Gypsy groups include Mariage Tsigane; Tsiganes: Identitandeacute;, andeacute;volution; Les Tsiganes de Hongrie et leurs musiques; and Django.

Catherine Tihanyi, an anthropologist and translator, is a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs

Translator's Acknowledgments

1 Pre-text

2 Mare Mule: The Dead among the Living

3 Civilizing the World

4 The Basket Makers Have Become Scrap-Iron Dealers

5 Commmentary

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226899282
Subtitle:
The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead
Translator:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Translator:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Author:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Author:
Williams, Patrick
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Subject:
France
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
France Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Romanies - France - Social life and customs
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20030615
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 halftones
Pages:
115
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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