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The Friday Five

1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
yep, roman catholic. sadistic nuns, patent leather shoes and all.

2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
no. i woke up around my freshman year in college to find that, at least scientifically, many of the things i was taught in catholic school had no basis on fact. i wrote a paper on Siddhartha for a theology class and was utterly shocked to find there was a religion/philosophy that subscribed to everything i always believed but was too afraid to question as a kid.

3. What do you think happens after death?
rebirth, depending upon your karma. recently i have discovered that i take more comfort than i ever thought in the laws of cause and effect.

4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
both. observing Monlam, the great prayer festival, and listening to HH Dalai Lama's teachings in India was an incredible experience.
participating in my own private practice and studying the teachings of Buddha give me great peace both on a spiritual and intellectual level.

5. Do you believe people are basically good?
i like to think so. at least that we start that way and then become products of our environment. this isn't to say genetics don't play a part, but environmental factors can outweigh them.

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don't fear death
melissamuse
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)

Roma

wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World

Rombase

Rroma

Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
World Bank Roma Initiatives

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