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Records from the 13th century show that when the Rromani people first arrived in European countries, they were generally very well received. Because of the horses and the dogs they brought with them, and because of the clothes they wore, they were often seen as nobles. In a conversation with a collaborator of the Musée de l'Homme who is preparing an exhibition on the history of racist prejudices, Marcel Courthiade relates the European history of the Rromani people from its very beginning, detailing when, where and why discrimination and the stereotypes of the nomadic gypsies appeared. Contrary to the history of the Jewish people, there was no clear religious argument: Rromani people displayed a remarkably high capacity to adapt to very different cultural and religious surroundings, as Courthiade shows: they celebrated religious festivities and rituals with Christians, Jews, and Muslims without distinction. But that didn't prevent them from being labelled until today as the people that are different and unable to adapt.

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  • Marcel Courthiade

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

est responsable de la section de langue et civilisation rromani à Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (l’inalco). Il travaille à restaurer la dimension européenne de la langue et de la culture rromani.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

est responsable de la section de langue et civilisation rromani à Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (l’inalco). Il travaille à restaurer la dimension européenne de la langue et de la culture rromani.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

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