A few observations from living in Viile Tecii (pronounced Villa Techy), a gypsy village…..
1. Gypsies play accordians and violin in church. They love music!
2. Some Easter traditions – Gypsy men spray perfume all over the
women on Easter. (I had a surprise attack by 3 men in front of an
entire church), they force feed you a variety of Easter treats, and
they celebrate Easter twice (one is traditional and one is
Orthodox)…..Side note I am getting baptized this Orthodox Easter
3. Gypsy woman kiss you once on each cheek if they like you and
twice on the lips if they love you…you never know what your gonna get!
4. The sheep here have long thick tails like cats.
4. Married gypsy woman must cover their heads with scarves for church and formal events which signify submission to their
5. Gypsies still use carts pulled by horses to get around.
7. The land here has the richest soil. Many gypsies make their living farming. (cabbage, potatoes, apples, plums, cherries, grapes, corn….) It took us 3 days to hoe this land which belongs to an elderly woman.
9. This is the hardest working culture I have seen in the last 10 months. Below they are scrubbing rugs on the river bank.
10. Gypsy Bunika Grannies are sweet and enjoy sitting outside their house observing all that goes by.
“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, … For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. ” 2 Cor. 5: 1-6