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PMoondancer
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77286 2 years, 11 months ago
rockinbob wrote:
This history and these wonderful pics are really sweet Paige! Thanks a BUNCH for sharing. It brought a smile to my face this morning, wht a way to start a Furthur Friday. Keep up the awesome work and hopefully we will see the bus NYE!


Your post brought a smile to my face this morning Rob:)
I really love your positive energy!
We are putting on another coat of primer today:)
I don't have tix yet, but I have a feeling we will be there...
Thanks for the happy thoughts:) Glad you are enjoying this thread and have a fantastic time at your upcoming Furthur shows!

Paige
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77380 2 years, 11 months ago
Is that a picture of Tinariwen pmoondancer?! How do you like those guys they came to my neck of the woods but I missed it. From the little I've heard they sound like something I could get into
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77402 2 years, 11 months ago
fourwnds wrote:
Is that a picture of Tinariwen pmoondancer?! How do you like those guys they came to my neck of the woods but I missed it. From the little I've heard they sound like something I could get into


Yes, it is...fascinating group of musicians...I would like to see them in person too:)
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77435 2 years, 11 months ago
Indo-Roman routes
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Friday, February 5, 2010
THE BANJARA PEOPLE


Banjaras, also called Lambadis or Lamanis, originated centuries ago in the Johdpur and Jaisalmer desert areas of Rajasthan. Today they live and migrate throughout the length & breadth of India which makes their exact count difficult: it is estimated between 3 and 20 millions people (!).

Banjaras are basically nomads who raise and herd animals. They earn their living by selling goods and services to surrounding mainstream populations. In the process, they have developed complex traditional sets of adaptive mechanisms to live in peace with their neighbours and customers.

But at all times, they keep their own language, religion and ethical code. This mysterious duality and intriguing separateness is a most integral part of their being. It is also what makes them frighteningly different to urban Indians and have earned them the categorization as a “criminal” tribe by the British and accusations of all manners of atrocities: thievery, kidnapping, murder and witchcraft.

They are also described by the same as hardworking, ingenious, powerful, self-assured and honourable.



One thing all Banjaras have in common: they work hard in activities that are usually lucrative and migrate where work is available.

Their second common feature is that no matter their level of education, they manage to meet with their social obligations to the community, be it rites of passage and festivals and to maintain their separate identity.

They maintain a strong ethnic identity through their strict endogamy. They follow the Rajput system in marrying only with members of the opposite sub castes or clans, known as gotras. Each Banjara therefore can immediately identify the lineage of another Banjara by looking at his waist string that is composed of tassels and lead beads.

They maintain a marked religious identity: Though nationwide Banjaras trace their origin through a complex lineage to the Hindu cow-herding god Krishna and his consort Radha, they are animistic and retain allegiance to local and pan-Banjara heroes, gods and goddesses, pilgrimage sites and rites. They deify ancestors and worship saints and have their own priests, or Bhagats, and miracle men, or Janyas. They maintain specific shrines dedicated to some of the legendary dogs they use to watch their herds but have included Rama, Hanuman and Ganesh in their tribal pantheon.

They possess a strong linguistic identity: Though they speak regional languages of every part of India, they retain their own that relates to Hindi, Rajasthani, Punjabi or European Rom that is called “Ghormati”, “Lubanki” or “Banjaraboli”.
They also keep their habitat identity by staying away from the mainstream in separate villages called “tanda”.
The Banjaras’ separate identity is best demonstrated by their embroidery aesthetics and related women’s attire.

Though intriguing, the Banjaras’ identity has not been researched by many. Little has been published on it and virtually nothing about their embroidery has been disseminated.
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77436 2 years, 11 months ago
The Tuareg not just a volkswagon SUV
If i told ya all that went down,it would burn off both your ears
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77452 2 years, 11 months ago
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The route of the Romani
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Spatzo (Vittorio Mayer Pasquale) a Romani poet

("In the language of the Estrekarja Sinti, spatzo means "baby bird" or "sparrow", a nickname that recalls the sense of liberty often celebrated by this poet who along his life has experienced very bitter periods of suffering. Through his poetry, in opposition to the adversity of his fate, Spatzo shows us that he knew how to keep intact the Romani love of things simple and immediate.")


Freedom

We Gypsies have only one religion: freedom.
In exchange for this we renounce riches, power, science, and glory.
We live each day as if it were the last.
When one dies, one loses all: a miserable caravan just as a great empire.
And we believe that in that moment it is much better to have been a Gypsy than a king.
We don't think about death. We don't fear it; here is all.
Our secret is to enjoy every day the little things
that life offers and that other men don't know how to appreciate:
A sunny morning, a bath in the spring,
the glance of someone who loves us.
It is hard to understand these things, I know. One is born a Gypsy.
It pleases us to walk under the stars.
They tell strange things about Gypsies
They say they read the future in the stars
and that they posses love potions.
Most people don't believe in things they can't explain
We instead don't try to explain the things we believe in.
Ours is a simple, primitive life.
It is enough for us to have the sky as a roof,
a fire to warm us,
and our songs, when we are sad.

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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77558 2 years, 11 months ago
Very cool stuff Paige. Thanks.
I can't come down, it's plain to see.
I can't come down, I've been set free.
Who you are, and what you do,
don't make no difference to me.
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PMoondancer
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77659 2 years, 10 months ago
Chester wrote:
Very cool stuff Paige. Thanks.


You're Welcome!
Safe travels Chester:)
Paige MoonDancer
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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77664 2 years, 10 months ago
Welcome!


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Irish Travellers by Dr. Frank O'Clark 2001


"This road is well travelled too! Irish Travellers are not Gypsies, yet they are often called so by Gadjo (non-Gypsies). Irish Travellers share many traits with Gypsies, but are not of Asian Indian origin. Irish Travellers are Celts, fair of skin, often blond, often blue eyed. Some claim they even predate the Celtic invasion of Ireland, and this may be so.

Travellers claim that they even predate the Celtic invasion of Ireland, and are the oldest inhabitants of that Island. The Travellers claim by oral tradition to be descended from the pre-Celts, Mab is an old pagan female goddess of the pre-Celts, who were known as the "fairies," "Fir Bolgs," and "Tuatha De Danann." There is pretty good coverage of this history, such as it is still known, (off site), although it does not discuss Travellers, per se, just a history of the Irish.

In other words, the history of the Irish Travellers goes back much further than the Gypsies. Gypsies came to Europe from India in the early Middle Ages. Traveller history predates the English legend of King Arthur by several centuries."

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Perhaps an Anthem for Irish Travellers:


Oh yes, we are the Travellers of this land,
those who stride out to an older chant,
obeying our ancient spirit's command,
"mishlee the thoaber, thaari the Cant."

Not for us were the country man's ways,
nor for any other to be deemed our master,
we'd go where we wish, at our own pace,
fast as we wished and surely no faster.

Scant welcome had we on the byroads of Erin,
and of late even America forsakes our hand;
the lies now pursue us beyond toleration
and freedom for nomads is sought to be banned.

The Life can never be fettered and numbered,
nor lines and borders ever enslave our band;
our people will never by chains be encumbered.
Oh yes, we are the Travellers of this land.


Molly St. Georges


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A poem for all the Roses who have gone before:



A Rose becomes when wandering seed takes root

and in trembling Winter, from the vine must fall.

Were this all of Rose's fate that nature knew,

then life is cruelty and nothing else at all.



Ah, but in the Spring when sunshine splashed and spun,

while her perfumed petals enchanted your hearts;

she held you all like golden bees in worship.

Think of her then, when Rose perfected her arts.



Molly St. Georges



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A poem for the Travelling Life: Bypass


I'm headed down the road today,
just reading billboards and
watching signposts rush the other way.
There's young-love songs
that fill the air,
but I am otherwise, it's sad to say.

It's just that sometimes it seems to be,
that my trailer's pushing me!
God only knows what I hope to find,
ploughing bow-waves,
the wind-shadows
passing truckers always leave behind.

There is naught back there but broken dreams
to rain upon my soul
and here sunbeams sing and wind-leaves sway
to airs so faint,
I can't quite hear.
Maybe I could further down the way.

The air of the open road is sweet,
free and clear of yesterday,
though traces linger from long ago,
just wisps of joy
that touch the heart
and call to mind how I loved her so.

by Miss Hamilton

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Re: Going Down the Road Feeling Glad...

#77665 2 years, 10 months ago
Our secret is to enjoy every day the little things
that life offers and that other men don't know how to appreciate: reminds me of the saying "live simply so that others may simply live" very interesting stuff keep it coming only thing worth reading here lately
If i told ya all that went down,it would burn off both your ears
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