07/02/20 else “Underground palaces” Gypsy Baron: what they have in common with the pyramids of the pharaohs

the richness Of Gypsy Baron is legendary. Their huge castles, luxury cars, gold jewelry, fancy gadgets from time to time come to the attention of journalists and ordinary citizens. But no matter how they lived representatives of the Roma elite, they die too. And they are buried. However, escorted to the afterlife influential barons not as mere mortals. Funeral rites of the Roma elite evoke thoughts of the Egyptian Pharaoh.

Who are the barons?

According to the national population census 2010 in our country, there are about 220 thousand Roma. Although, according to demographers, representatives of this mysterious people can be more: some of them, according to the documents recorded Moldovans, Romanians, Greeks… Despite the many and long centuries during which the Roma live in Russia, their customs and traditions remain a mystery to us.

for Example, contrary to popular belief, the lives of all the representatives of the people is subject to rigid control system, and at the head of each camp is not a Baron (as we used to think), a respected man, who is called “Baro”. Translated from Gypsy language, the word means “important, substantial”. Barons representatives of nomadic elite began to call native Europeans, obviously, because of the similarity of the sound of the word “Baro” with the aristocratic title.

the Solution to such a leader for the members of the camp unquestioned. He deals with any disputes, disagreements between the Gypsies, and also regulates relations with local authorities. All people are subordinate to the Baron, regularly give him some of their income. Each Tabor “tax” rates vary, but usually about 10% of the profits of each family.

Often the income of Gypsies are quasi-criminal in nature (smuggling, gamblings, illegal trade, etc.), so the barons hide their level of income. Their richness can be judged by a four-storey mansions with fountains and statues, the interior of which affects the abundance of marble and gold. While simple Gypsies can live a very poor life in these shacks, their barons like compete in excessive luxury. We are talking about luxury cars, gadgets, latest models, and the weight of gold jewelry is measured in kilograms.

According to the Moldovan press, the annual income of the local Gypsy clan, which is headed by Arthur M. Cherry, is from 20 to 40 million euros. What sums have his Russian “colleagues”, we can only guess.

the Funeral of a Roma

When these people moved, they buried their dead in the forest or in the desert, away from the beaten track. The transition to settled life led to the emergence of Romany cemeteries, which are located on the outskirts of their settlements.

the Funeral rites of this people, known only from eyewitnesses who, for one reason or another were allowed to be at the funeral.

the Russian, Eastern European and Baltic clans organize similar ceremonies are practically the same. Key features of the funeral:

tumulus over the dead, read special prayers that people do not know the Roma language, taking magic conspiracies;

the corpse is washed by water and herbal decoction that helps to conceal the smell of decomposition;

sometimes the funeral last much longer than the usual three days, because the dead have to say goodbye to all who knew him;

the body of the deceased before the burial was placed in a “Bender” – a special tent, which pitch on the street;

things are buried with the owner as he will need them in the afterlife, often cast into the grave and money;

at the funeral not to mourn quietly, to behave noisily: first cry in the voice, showing the despair of separation from the deceased, followed by much singing and dancing, rejoicing in his move to “a better world”;

all the scraps remaining from the Wake, buried in the ground, because according to popular belief, such foods contain energy of the other world.

Gypsies are strongly against judicial-medical examination, they believe that the deceased cannot find peace if the integrity of his internal organs were broken.

However, the funeral differ markedly depending on the social status of the deceased.

Although most ethnographers adhere the Indian version of the origin of the Gypsies and the burials of the elite of this nation have clear Parallels with the traditions of Ancient Egypt. Only for the pharaohs built the pyramids, and for the barons dug in the ground facilities that mimic home. In such vaults and equip several rooms to furnish their expensive furniture, appliances, household items and the things you loved the deceased: from expensive wines to computers and plasma TVs.

the Underground “mansions” barons are striking in their luxury. Trim them with marble and gold, use the most expensive materials, lay the old carpet. Late trying to provide maximum comfort in the afterlife. Often in the crypts don’t forget to put: razor, Slippers, sunglasses, dishes, not to mention the jewels.

the Aforementioned Gypsy Baron Arthur M. Cherry in an interview with various reporters mentioned that in the grave his father had omitted, among other things, and prestigious in Soviet times, the car “Volga”.

In Russia for the funeral of barons no one invites representatives of the authorities and the press, but on the funeral ceremony of the Romanian “king of all Gypsies” was attended by local politicians and journalists. They were impressed with the scale and luxury of the event.

the 59-year-old Florian Cioaba died in August 2013. To say goodbye to him to the town of Sibiu, delegations from many countries of the world, the funeral procession stretched for 7 km. Even the coffin of the deceased was a complex technical device that is equipped with air conditioning and other electronics. While in the coffin was installed.

Another source of information about burial practices of the Gypsies serve as their tombstones. They differ from the graves of other peoples creativity and artistic diversity.

first, the deceased on the monument depict standing up, or astride a beautiful horse, or sitting at a Desk that’s Packed with meats. The purpose of this image is to provide a person the greatest prosperous existence in the afterlife. The graves reflect the preferences of the deceased on the headstones can be engraved bottles with expensive alcohol, cigarettes, indicating trade marks, fishing gear, cars, and even… while living relatives of the deceased.

second, usually on the reverse side of the monument indicate the generic name or the nickname of Gypsy. For example, Petr Petrovich Petrov – on the one hand, and on the other hand, Shuko. Or Raisa Mukhina, but for our own Happy.

third, close to many of the graves are set tables and benches, because the deceased made to commemorate a hearty meal.

But the grave of the Gypsy Baron doesn’t seem so. These are real works of architectural art. Richly decorated chapels with monuments, pavilions for the organization of funeral, Golden statues, each grave reflects the personality of the tombs of the representative of the Roma elite.

Demonstration of the wealth of this nation is not considered as a thing indecent. On the contrary, material wealth paraded, because a large number of cash and gold, according to Roma, is a credit to their owner.

Despite the luxury of burial, the graves of the Gypsy barons nobody plunders. Even hardened criminals have no relation to this people, beware to do so. It is believed that the burial of the Gypsy gold is able to draw upon the one who coveted, tremendous adversity.


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