topum (topum) wrote,

Transylvanian Roma Coppersmiths

We took a road trip through Transylvania last summer. Wow, what a beautiful place! The cultural diversity there is amazing. Germans (Saxons), Hungarians, Romanians, Jews and Roma (Gypsies) have all been living there together for centuries. We met very interesting and unusual people from small and vanishing communities we have never heard about.

Caldurari are a closely knit community of Roma coppersmiths from the Brateiu town in central Transylvania. They still strictly observe the old laws and traditions and do not mix with the larger Roma community from there who they consider 'defiled' Roma that have forgotten the Roma law and have mixed with the Gadjo (non-Gypsies).

Tags: road trip, roma, romania, transylvania, travel
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