La historia

Un poco de la Historia.....
                From the times 800- 900 A.D, low class people, in India known as untouchables, traveled across Asia to Europe and in Spain became known as "Gitanos".  To us Gitanos are the equivalent of gypsies.  When most Americans hear the word gypsy they think of low-lifes, uneducated people, who steal for a living, possibly have the talent of seeing in to the future, and might resemble the main character in the Hunch Back of Notradame.  This is known as the typical stereotype of a gypsy.  However, Gypsies have a long history as a unique cultural group in our world, and yes they still exist in today's time.  However, back in Spain in 1447, the majority of Gitanos lived in Barcelona or Andalusia.  They were distinctly physically and culturally different from other Spainards.  They spoke "Romany" and considered themselves "Rom".  The culture of the gypsies was rich with different traditions that had origins all the way back to India.  However, around the time gypsies first arrived in Spain they, along with Jews, moors, and other non-Christians were put in to "Gitanerias", or ghettos.  This resulted in the gypsies' right to express their culture through dance and music being greatly oppressed.  Facing years of persecution and unjust extermination, many gypsies were unfairly killed off.  Despite this, those who survived held strong on to their unique culture and continue the fight for their freedom of expression in today's world.  An important aspect of the culture of the Gitanos in Spain was their very individual dance of Flamenco.  A dance that allowed them to express hundreds of years worth of anger and frustration for being unfairly oppressed.  A dance that powerful people fought hard to protect so that generation after generation could continue the beautiful tradition, and with each generation more liberty was granted for Flamenco to be danced.  I would like to thank those gypsies who despite being told to let got, held strong on to their beliefs and magnificent traditions.