The native Romanians are accusing the Roma that they stolen their historic name. The hysteria of the linguistic history… More funny is the fact that the majority of the analfabet Roms dont know that they are accused of thievery. The comicality of this situation just now beggins to revelate itself to the amazed eyes of Romanians and Roms: the native speakers of Romani language can accuse the Kashtale that they also stolen the Romani identity. The Romani identity cannot be separated by the Romani language. If you are not talking the language, you are not a Rom even you are born in a traditional Romani house.
The Romani society had (and still has) a strict hierarchy, a system of castes. I cannot declare that i am a Ursar Rom ( Bear-tribe), or Corbean Rom, or Tin maker, or Gabbor. I never could, and even if i could, i would never proove it, because firstly, i am not a speaker of the dialects of those gypsy groups.
I dont hate the Kashtale Roms. If they want to be classified as Roms, let it be! But there are some conditions wich Nicolae Gheorghe forgotten to tell:
– to be born into a Romani family.
– to know the language.
– other Roma people to give testimony that they know you.
The Kashtale should add after the Rom autonym, the Kashtalo, Băiash, Rudar or Laiash autonym also, in order to not be counfounded our clans. This is a very traditional manner. When a Rom are meeting for the first time an unknown Rom, the discussion is as follows:
– San Rom? (Are you a Rom?)
– Rom som! ( I am!)
– So Rom san? ( What kind ?)
– Me som Rom Kalderash. Tu so san? ( I am a cauldrons-maker. What are you?)
– Me som Rom Richinari (The Bear tribe)
– San tu vi Pakivalo Rom? ( Are you a Honourable one also?)
– Na, me nana shundiom adaikha vorba. ( No, i never heard this word)
– So si „adaikha”? Me chi hakiarau? ( What is adaikha? I dont understand?)
– So si „Pakivalo”? Me nana janau! ( What is Pakivalo? I dont know!)
And the discussion continues untill the two Roms are deciding to stop it, because there are few words they do not understand, because their parents were of different Romani castes, and every gypsy caste has its specific words. It is very possible that in their past all the romani groups were Pakivale, but after so many years of diaspora, only few Roms kept their identity. In Romania the following gypsy groups never heard the word pakivalo in their homes, at their parents:
– The Bear tribe/ Richinari.
– The Corbeni/ The Crow.
– The Spoitori/ Tinkers.
– The Kokalari/ Bone sculptors.
Even among the Kalderash, just a few are Pakivale Roma, the rest can be of the Shunde caste, Lache caste, etc.
All these tribes maybe never had amongst them this Pakivalo caste.
The worsest thing is that the Kashtale (non-speakers) now declare themselves Pakivale, trying to deceive the gypsy society. Firstly, their parents decided to forgot the language. After our tradition, a Rom is not a Rom if he dont speaks Romani. The other gypsy groups cannont be Pakivale because this word was not used in their tradition. But all gypsies can have Pakiv- honour, because it is an universal human concept. Pakivalo cannot be everyone, is a matter of genetics.
Mister Ronald Lee, a true Roma, wrote a book called Romani dictionary:Kalderash-English, at the page 164, can be found the old gypsy concept Kon na jeanel romanes nai rom:
If a Roma never heard home, at his parents the word Pakivalo as representing a concept of a way of life, he cannot be a Pakivalo, because to be Pakivalo is a matter of genetic. If his father was not Pakivalo, then he cannot be, because, the Romani tradition is PATRILINEAL.