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  1. Origin of the gypsies and the countries they dominate.

  2. The population of the gypsies and how they are spread across the world.

  3. Various cultural aspects such as religion, economy and family structure and how they are unique to some cultural groups.

  1. Organization and immigration of the Roma Gypsy ethnic group

  1. Gypsies first arrived in Europe in 1322.

  2. They spread to Germany by 1424.

  3. They were mistreated and they moved to Russia and Poland.

  4. They did not arrive into the U.S. until in 1860.

  1. Family structure of the Roma Gypsies

  1. Men have the ultimate power in a family and especially the old men.

  2. Women start gaining respect after giving birth.

  3. Marriage at a young and marriages are arranged by the elderly.

  1. Communication and language

  1. The gypsies have maintained their Romani language.

  2. The language has since been mixed with other foreign language so it is no longer pure.

  3. Men are addressed with honor and respect.

  1. Dress and personal appearance

  1. Gypsies are dark skinned with curly hair and long eye lashes.

  2. Women dress decently and must hide their legs.

  3. The wedding dress is extremely important and it can either be pink or white. It signified purity and called “fat” due to its shape.

  1. Economy

  1. They engage in economic activities such as blacksmiths, woodworkers, carpenters and tinsmiths.

  2. Their lack of education made them to work in such jobs.

  3. They have since become learned and now there a few who are doctors, lawyers, and teachers.

  1. Art and music

  1. The gypsies have always been musicians and their music is widespread.

  2. They have used paintings and drawing to showcase their culture.

  1. Religious beliefs

  1. The gypsies believe in the existence of God, Satan, heaven, hell.

  2. They believe in curses and the reincarnation of the dead.

  3. They also believe in the purity of the body.

  1. Summary/conclusion

  1. The gypsies have experienced tremendous mistreatments and abuse.

  2. Their origin has been contested but the 2012 research cleared the air about their origin in India.

  3. They have various cultural aspects that are unique such as the wedding dress and the religious beliefs.