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Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Roma's Connection to Hindu and Other Traditions

While researching Roma I found that their culture lines up with a lot of the Cultures I have been explaining here and in the "Basic Information Before Leaving Earth" thing I posted after doing a bunch of research in to history. Everything from Hindu/Buddhist wheel "worship" Culture, which is displayed right on their flag, to the Red Clothes and funny hats, to the Mysticism using cards and other forms of divination. So I kept looking and I am going to post about the stuff I found now.

I have personally written/talked a lot about the Rig Veda, not only recently, but for at least 5 years now, and they apparently have been passing down Rig Veda practices as long as we can trace back, the book itself was written around 2000 BC, making it a 4000 year old religion. The Rig Veda is one of the main 4 books (the Vedas) of Hindu belief. There is no "main Holy Book" as far as Hindu is concerned, but there are tons of historical documents that make up the religion. The Rig Veda is mainly about the God Indra and his multiple forms, including Shiva (Marijuana/Masculinity) and Agni (Fire), which are all considered aspects of the same "God". The Rig Veda also contains things like parables about wheels and legs, which describe cycles. For example, it says when you are born you go from 4 legs (baby), to 2 legs (walking), to 3 legs (Bent with a cane). And because it contains all these different aspects, it explains things like how to cremate the body of a loved one. They were originally Hindu, but many of them have been converted to Christianity and Islam, similar to other religious groups in Europe, Asia and Eurasia. Some Roma still worship Saint Sarah, or "Kali Sarah" which is a small fragment of the ancient worship of the female force aka "Goddess Kali".

The Roma are still known to practice Shaktism, which contains aspects of both Kali/Devi and Shiva. Many people have probably heard of a more specified part of this called "Tantra" or some people may just know it as "That sex yoga thing people talk about sometimes". Shaktism is not all about sex,that is only one part.

Much of the Romani myth and fairy tails are dedicated to preserving philosophical questions, to keep them in the community consciousness. Romanipen is a section of Romani Philosophy that contains the "Code", "Law", "Spirit", "Culture", etc. of the people. Much of this was broken down by the Holocaust and Soviets, but it still does exist on some level.

Since the Romani are carrying 4000 year old tradition, and everyone else calls them Gypsys, they refer to outsiders as "Gadjo". Which is a reference to someone who is not keeping the Law aka Someone who is not following the Romanipen. Since they are practicing Hindu tradition and they have a wheel on their flag, I assume that Romanipen is similar to other moral systems and is based on the wheel. You have probably seen the kinda recent movie "Planet of the Apes" where the one monkey showed the other monkeys they could be strong, and to do this he broke a stick, then he put a bunch of sticks together and showed that they were stronger. This is similar to how ancient wheel morality was taught. They would show people how the wheel was made stronger by its spokes, then they would apply a moral value to each spoke, and tell the person that if they maintained those values, they would be stronger like the wheel.

The Roma have the Wheel of Law, in Buddhism/Hindu and in much of the word (such as in the American armed forces and national flags around the world) it is known as the Dharmacakra. The idea of a wheel representing "Unity" or "Strength" is a very old one. As mentioned before, it is just like the concept where someone breaks a single stick, the puts a bundle of sticks together and shows that they are not as easy to break when they are together. When the wheel is used in a similar analogy, each spoke is given a value, then the metaphor is made that if you have all of those values, you will be strong like the wheel, which uses the idea of spread out surface area and points of pressure to take impact better than a solid stone or wooden wheel that was solid instead of spoked.

Another symbol that is popular in Hindu/Buddhist culture is the "Eternal knot" also know as the "Gordian Knot" to some people. It is a symbol that is used in loading symbols on video games still today. The actual real life "Gordian Knot" that was tied with a rope was said to have been in Turkey, and whoever untied it was supposed to be emperor. Alexander the Great got to it and cut it in half with a sword.

Turkey is also where the story of "King Midas" comes from, who is know for having "The Midas Touch" that turned things in to Gold. Another ruler was known as "Tantalus" and his story is the word "Tantalize" comes from, because he was Tantalized for eternity.

According to one Egyptian story, the Pharaoh wanted to know what the oldest language in the world was, so he took 2 children and had them raised in isolation, they were fed but there was no other contact with humans. After the children were let out, the first word they said was "Bekos" which is Phrygian (Ancient Turkish) for "Bread".

You have probably heard of the Greek "Oracles", these were known as "Sibyls" to the Greek people, since Oracle is a modern word. They were known for being veiled, which is a quality of the Goddess Cybele.

The Wheel of Law has been spread through all of these cultures, but in Buddhism it has a more specific meaning. I have already explained the aspect of Strength that is symbolized by the wheel, but there is also the aspect of "Turning" the wheel, or "Changing" the spiritual path. Buddha aka Sid Hartha was said to have "Turned the Wheel of Dharma". In this form it is more thought of as a steering wheel, like for a boat, instead of a wheel like on the axles of a cart. This can also go further to symbolize cycles, and the idea that "What goes around comes around" etc.

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