Gypsies in the city: culture patterns and survival by rena gropper

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The infrequency of exchange marriages prevents valid statistical study of these claims because contemporary marriages have been notoriously short-lived regardless of their origin. 7). One possibility is to dissolve both marriages, but obviously it would be regrettable to break up a marriage that is viable and in which children may be involved. 7 DISSOLVING 155 But in exchange marriages no bride price sum is ever mentioned, and now the other wife's marriage and progeny require legitimization through payment as will any children resulting from the broken marriage.

Similarly, United States Gypsies have enthusiastically adopted Thanksgiving and New Year's (Cohn 1973: 33-35; Parry 1941: 40; Wright 1947: 13233). The Gypsy also takes an interest in miracles. He reacts to them with respect but also with reserve. ,1 114 ; ! I) il. ;I Gypsies in the City girl is not supposed to want to get married, but the Rom decided that the girl had been driven to desperate measures because her parents mistakenly and selfishly prevented her from fulfilling her natural destiny.

Beyond that, the Gypsies try to estimate whether the individual personalities will be congenial. A shy girl may do well with an extroverted husband leading her; but an outgoing girl who enjoys talking to people may be poorly received by a shy, retiring husband, for instance. Thus far, we have been discussing the choices open to the girl's family; but these involve only yes-or-no decisions. 4). 4 ELIGIBILITY OF GIRL Less Desirable Poor family reputation for female virtue Low family fecundity record High brideprice Poor money-maker Previously married Low intelligence Bad temper Poor physical health Demand that youth live with girl's band Preferable Excellent reputation for female virtue High family fecundity record Low bride price Good money-maker First marriage High intelligence Quiet and obedient ( 146 Gypsies in the City Marriage opponents, and, without the resources of traditional options from which to choose a course of action, they fail to produce an effective countermove.

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