flyingpoisson:

Sherlock calls Lestrade when his post-Hiatus nightmares get too bad. Lestrade knows what to say.

flyingpoisson:

Sherlock calls Lestrade when his post-Hiatus nightmares get too bad.
Lestrade knows what to say.

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MEET THE SHERLOCK FANDOM!

morbidmegz:

Rules: Reblog and replace with your favorites, tag 5 other bloggers when done!

tagged by Morbidmegz

  1. Your name? Stephanie 
  2. Favouriteepisode? Um… maybe Season 2 episode 1. I know not everyone likes that one, but it’s seriously just a lot of fun I think. Also Season 3 Episode 2. Yeah… 
  3. Favourite character? All the women. I just really like the female characters. But if I had to pick… Molly. :)
  4. Favourite soundtrack? "Irene’s Theme" I just really love the violin. 
  5. Favourite fanfiction? Or if you don’t have a favourite, do you have one to rec? 
    All of them. Find something you like and read it, because there are only a few I wouldn’t read. 
  6. Favourite ship? Sherlolly probably, though there are others I like too.
  7. Favourite headcanon? Um… gosh I have to pick one? Probably that Molly kept in touch with Sherlock while he was gone. I sorta think she knew more than she let on.
  8. Favourite fanvideo? Black, Two Sugars (both versions) by nyah86. Seriously these are the best.
  9. Favourite AU? I like all sorts of AUs really, but I think Teen!lock is my personal favorite. :)
  10. Most drastic thing you’ve ever done for fandom? Fanfiction. If I need to say more you don’t know what goes into fanfiction. 

I’m tagging no one, because I’m not good at that sort of thing. But if you want to do it jump in and do it! 


characterdesigninspiration:

Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

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argonianbot:

i dont think you guys appreciate how rad this site is 

because first of all you got your basic fantasy and game race names for like

everything

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BUT AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH

REAL NAMES WHICH ARE GOOD FOR BOOKS

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AND THIS THERE’S MORE????

BAM, PLACE NAMES

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AND STILL MORE

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SO YOU SEE THESE LITTLE OPTIONS HERE

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PLEASE, PLEASE

GO AND TRY TO HELP A GOOD PERSON OUT

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Bird Folklore & Superstition

bibliotecha-secreta:

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Birds have been associated with numerous roles in mythologies across the world, the most common theme being messengers from the gods, foretelling omens.

The Wren, King of the Birds

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It is considered to be a “most sacred bird" by the ancient druids in Ireland due to its musical notes for divination.

The Breton druids have given the wren an honoured role in their folklore, they believe that it was the wren that brought fire from the gods but as she flew back down to earth her wings began to burn so she passed her gift to the robin, whose chest plumage began to burst into flames. The lark came to the rescue, finally bringing the gift of fire to the world.

The wren’s eggs are said to be protected by lightning. Whoever tries to steal wren’s eggs or even baby wrens would find their house struck by lightning and their hands would shrivel up.

  • It is called Drui-en, or Druid bird in Irish Gaelic. In Welsh, the word Dryw means both druid and wren.
  • The wren is as is the Druid known to be cunning. The wren could soar to heights while also navigating hedges and underbrush.
  • The wren was hunted and killed in a ritualistic way, enacting the idea that the death of a god bestows strength on his killer, a variant of the belief that in the killing of the old king, his powers will be passed on to his successor.
  • The wren symbolised wisdom and divinity. It is difficult to catch sight of a wren. At New Year it is said that the apprentice Druid would go out by himself into the countryside in search of hidden wisdom. If he found a wren he would take that as a sign that he would be blessed with inner knowledge in the coming year. Finding a creature small and elusive to the point of invisibility was a metaphor for finding the elusive divinity within all life.
  • Lightning was the weapon of the thunder bull-god Taranis, who often inhabited oak trees, and the wren was sacred to Taranis.  

The Ravens in the Tower of London

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Wild Ravens which were once abundant in London and often seen around meat markets fasting on scraps, could have roosted at the tower in earlier times. However, there is evidence that Ravens were donated to the tower by the Earls of DunRaven. Perhaps because of their association with the Celtic Raven-god Bran whose name means Raven or Crow.

It is believed that if the ravens leave the Tower of London, that the kingdom will fall and disaster will ensue. To this day ravens are kept at the Tower, and their wings are clipped to ensure that they cannot leave. The birds are paid for by the British government and one of the Tower’s beefeaters is appointed as Ravenmaster to care for the birds.

If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”

According to folklore, wild ravens are thought to have inhabited the Tower for many centuries, supposedly first attracted there by the smell of the corpses of the executed enemies of the Crown. Allegedly, at the execution of Anne Boleyn in 1535, "Even the ravens of the Tower sat silent and immovable on the battlements and gazed eerily at the strange scene. A Queen about to die!" The ravens of the Tower supposedly behaved much worse during the execution of Lady Jane Grey in 1554, allegedly “pecking the eyes from the severed head” of the queen.

Valravn

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It is a supernatural raven in Danish folklore. The ravens appear in traditional Danish folksongs, where they are described as originating from ravens who consume the bodies of the dead on the battlefield, as capable of turning into the form of a knight after consuming the heart of a child, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven creatures.

According to folklore, when a king or chieftain was killed in battle and not found and buried, ravens came and ate him. The ravens became valravne. The valravne that ate the king’s heart gained human knowledge and could perform great malicious acts, could lead people astray, had superhuman powers, and were “terrible animals”.

In another account, a valravn is described as a soul in search of redemption that flies by night (but never day) and can only free itself from its animal countenance by consuming the blood of a child. This is reflected in a Danish traditional song that describes how, after refusing offers of riches, the Valravn makes an agreement with a maiden to take her to her betrothed after she promises the valravn her first-born son. After the agreement, the valravn flies away. In time, the couple have a child and the Valravn returns, and asks the maiden if she has forgotten her promise. The valravn takes the child away, and tears into the chest of his won wager and consumes the blood contained within the child’s heart. As a result, the valravn transforms into a knight.

Folk Belief: Transformation Into a Bird

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Under certain conditions, the living could be transformed into birds. In some cultures, it was believed that shamans, priests, and prophets could change themselves into birds during trances or other mystical states. Such ideas were found in Siberia and Indonesia. In Celtic mythology, both deities and the sly supernatural beings called faeries were said to have the power to transform themselves into birds.

Some legends involve birds that change into or inhabit the bodies of humans. The Central American god Quetzalcoatl, a combination of a bird and a serpent, appears as a culture hero or a god in human form in Toltec, Maya, and Aztec myths. Among certain peoples in northern Europe and Asia, the spirits of birds such as eagles, owls, and crows are said to enter the bodies of shamans to inspire them.

In some myths, humans and other beings acquire the ability to fly like birds. Such supernatural flight, like many mythological powers, can be either good or evil. Norse tales told that the goddess Freya’s feather cloak enabled the wearer to fly. European tradition portrayed angels with wings like those of birds, but devils often had bat wings. Japanese mythology includes a group of winged deities known as tengu. Part bird and part human, they live in forests and occasionally use their powers to play tricks on people.

Superstitions Concerning Birds

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  • It is good luck if a blackbird makes a nest on your home.
  • If you see 5 crows, sickness will follow; see 6 crows and death will follow.
  • To avoid bad luck tip your hat if you see a magpie.
  • It is bad luck to see an owl during the day.
  • Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.
  • Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, so it is unlucky to kill one.
  • When a swan lays its head and neck back over its body during the daytime it means a storm is coming.
  • A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message. However, if the bird dies, or is white, this foretells death.
  • A bird calling from the north means a tragedy is on the way, from the west brings good luck, from the south means the harvest will be plentiful, and from the east one will find true love.
  • If you break a robin’s egg something of yours will soon be broken. It is also believed that whatever you to do a robin, the same will happen to you.
  • If the first bird you see on Valentine’s Day is a robin, you will marry a sailor.
  • Peacock feathers carry the evil eye. The birds and feathers are considered to be bad luck.
  • The dove is the one bird that the devil cannot change into. Doves are immune to the devil’s curses.
  • An albatross flying around a sailing ship means bad weather and high winds are on the way.
  • Magpies are supposed to be the devil in disguise. If a magpie is hanging around your house the devil is trying to cause trouble for you. If you carry an onion it will keep him away. You can also tip your hat and cross your fingers or spit three times over your shoulder and say “devil, devil, I defy thee.” In Scotland they believe the magpie hides a drop of Satan’s blood under its tongue.
  • When a rooster crows at dawn it is the signal for all evil spirits to return to the underworld.

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clevergirlhelps:

deadbyshawn:

appreciate brown eyes more bc the people with brown eyes are grown up forcing to believe fuckin blue and green and grey are beautiful and either detest or get incredibly happy when someone compliments their eye color stop letting this happen

Seriously, I did a post on it.

YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES NOW.

Okay, I don’t normally do this, but I seriously feel the need to comment. I have brown/green eyes. And yes I know that isn’t a true brown or whatever, but hear me out please. My eyes are generally a lighter brown with some green depending on whatever changes my eye color, and I cannot tell you how many times growing up I heard the following joke, usually from my father. 

"You know why your eyes are brown don’t you? It’s because your full of shit." 

Then one day I had someone tell me I had pretty eyes. I was shocked. I had NEVER had someone complement my eyes. I was basically speechless for the rest of the day. Please, please tell people that they have nice eyes, even if it doesn’t seem like some exotic color to you. 

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Q
I'm writing something where character A cheats on character B only because character A didn't want to put a label in their relationship and wants them to see what it means and character B doesn't act surprised but they feel bad and the fact is that i want them to have a verbal fight but i don't know how to get to that point, i don't even know how to do conversations and i already checked your tags and there's nothing!! do you have any tips?
A

fixyourwritinghabits:

I… can’t help imagining this question asked in a single sentence. Breathe, breathe! Here are some links that may help:


we-are-star-stuff:

The 21 Steps of an Autopsy
The dead body arrives at the morgue.
The body’s identity is confirmed, assigned an identification number, and given a toe tag, which is a cardboard ticket with all of the corpse’s pertinent information written on it. This tag is tied to the big toe.
The body is photographed from head to toe, front and back, in the clothing it was wearing when it arrived at the morgue.
The body is photographed from head to toe, front and back, completly naked.
The body is weighed on a scale, and the weight is recorded. The body is also measured for length, and completely X-rayed.
The fingerprints of the corpse are taken. In instances in which hands and/or fingers are missing parts are duly noted.
The clothing the deceased was wearing upon arrival at the morgue is carefully examined. Fiber samples from the garments are taken for later study, and stains on clothing are noted and examined.
Any and all moles, wounds, tattoos, scars (including sergical scars), and other physical body anomalies are noted and examined.
The corpse’s fingernails, toenails, skin, and hair are examined. The skin on the arms and legs is carefully checked for syringe markings.
During a medical autopsy of a female, a rigorous examination of the external genitalia (labia, pubic hair, etc)is performed to determine whether or not there was a rape or sexual assault committed against the woman prior to (and/or after) her death.
Body fluids (blood, urine, etc) are withdrawn from the body and subjected to comprehensive toxicology tests.
The coroner makes a huge, full body-length “Y” incision that opens up the entire front of the body. The incision starts at each shoulder, proceeds on an angle down to the mid-chest, and then joins into a straight line that extends all the way to the pubis. This is the most dramatic element of a medical-legal autopsy, and most people who have never seen one performed are stunned by the dramatic way the body is spread wide by this incision. Many people have, at one time or another, seen some sort of sergical proceedure performed. The incisions, even for major abdominal surgery, are thin, neat, and relatively “clean.” An autopsy incision need not be neat, nor concerned with excessive bleeding. Thus, the corpse is split wide open by a deep cut that is a very effective reminder that the person being autopsied is, in fact, quite dead.
First the organs of the upper abdominal cavity-the lungs, heart, esophagus and trachea-are removed. The coroner then takes out the lower abdominal organs, which include the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, stomach, and intestines. Slices of each organ are taken and tested.
The internal genitalia of both males and females are examined. In the case of females, the uterus and vagina are carefully studied for signs of pregnancy, rape, or some form of sexual assault.
The organs of the pelvic region, including the bladder, the uterus, and the ovaries, are removed. Samples of each organ are taken and analyzed.
When the cause of death are either drowning or a suspected poisoning or drug overdose, the contents of the stomach are removed, examined, and carefully analyzed. All findings are recorded.
Any and all bullet wounds are recorded. The number of wounds is noted, as well as the percieved direction(s) of the bullet(s). An estimate, based on the configuration of the bullet enterance wounds, is made as to what distance the gun was from the victim when it was fired. All bullets are removed from the body and placed in plastic bags. The bullets are then examined and recorded as evidence/
First, a deep incision is made in the skin of the scalp. The cut, which is called intermastiod, begins behind one ear, travels over the top of the head, and ends behind the opposite ear. The scalp is then grasped firmly and pulled forward over the face, baring the skull. Using an electric saw, a wedge-shaped portion of the skull is cut out and removed, exposing the brain. The brain is then removed in its entirety, weighed, and examined.
Since he or she is now through with them, the coroner returns all of the removed internal organs to the body cavities.
The autopsy findings, complete with a final opinion as to the cause of death, as well as all reports and photographs, are turned over to legal authorities. This “package” becomes part of the corpus delecti, and is used as evidence in a court of law when necessary. The folder containing all of this detailed information is known as the case file.
A final determination is made as to the cause of death, and the death certificate is filled out.
The body is turned over to the funeral director the family has selected. The body is then prepared for burial, cremation, or donation.

we-are-star-stuff:

The 21 Steps of an Autopsy

  • The dead body arrives at the morgue.
  • The body’s identity is confirmed, assigned an identification number, and given a toe tag, which is a cardboard ticket with all of the corpse’s pertinent information written on it. This tag is tied to the big toe.
  • The body is photographed from head to toe, front and back, in the clothing it was wearing when it arrived at the morgue.
  • The body is photographed from head to toe, front and back, completly naked.
  • The body is weighed on a scale, and the weight is recorded. The body is also measured for length, and completely X-rayed.
  • The fingerprints of the corpse are taken. In instances in which hands and/or fingers are missing parts are duly noted.
  • The clothing the deceased was wearing upon arrival at the morgue is carefully examined. Fiber samples from the garments are taken for later study, and stains on clothing are noted and examined.
  • Any and all moles, wounds, tattoos, scars (including sergical scars), and other physical body anomalies are noted and examined.
  • The corpse’s fingernails, toenails, skin, and hair are examined. The skin on the arms and legs is carefully checked for syringe markings.
  • During a medical autopsy of a female, a rigorous examination of the external genitalia (labia, pubic hair, etc)is performed to determine whether or not there was a rape or sexual assault committed against the woman prior to (and/or after) her death.
  • Body fluids (blood, urine, etc) are withdrawn from the body and subjected to comprehensive toxicology tests.
  • The coroner makes a huge, full body-length “Y” incision that opens up the entire front of the body. The incision starts at each shoulder, proceeds on an angle down to the mid-chest, and then joins into a straight line that extends all the way to the pubis. This is the most dramatic element of a medical-legal autopsy, and most people who have never seen one performed are stunned by the dramatic way the body is spread wide by this incision. Many people have, at one time or another, seen some sort of sergical proceedure performed. The incisions, even for major abdominal surgery, are thin, neat, and relatively “clean.” An autopsy incision need not be neat, nor concerned with excessive bleeding. Thus, the corpse is split wide open by a deep cut that is a very effective reminder that the person being autopsied is, in fact, quite dead.
  • First the organs of the upper abdominal cavity-the lungs, heart, esophagus and trachea-are removed. The coroner then takes out the lower abdominal organs, which include the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, stomach, and intestines. Slices of each organ are taken and tested.
  • The internal genitalia of both males and females are examined. In the case of females, the uterus and vagina are carefully studied for signs of pregnancy, rape, or some form of sexual assault.
  • The organs of the pelvic region, including the bladder, the uterus, and the ovaries, are removed. Samples of each organ are taken and analyzed.
  • When the cause of death are either drowning or a suspected poisoning or drug overdose, the contents of the stomach are removed, examined, and carefully analyzed. All findings are recorded.
  • Any and all bullet wounds are recorded. The number of wounds is noted, as well as the percieved direction(s) of the bullet(s). An estimate, based on the configuration of the bullet enterance wounds, is made as to what distance the gun was from the victim when it was fired. All bullets are removed from the body and placed in plastic bags. The bullets are then examined and recorded as evidence/
  • First, a deep incision is made in the skin of the scalp. The cut, which is called intermastiod, begins behind one ear, travels over the top of the head, and ends behind the opposite ear. The scalp is then grasped firmly and pulled forward over the face, baring the skull. Using an electric saw, a wedge-shaped portion of the skull is cut out and removed, exposing the brain. The brain is then removed in its entirety, weighed, and examined.
  • Since he or she is now through with them, the coroner returns all of the removed internal organs to the body cavities.
  • The autopsy findings, complete with a final opinion as to the cause of death, as well as all reports and photographs, are turned over to legal authorities. This “package” becomes part of the corpus delecti, and is used as evidence in a court of law when necessary. The folder containing all of this detailed information is known as the case file.
  • A final determination is made as to the cause of death, and the death certificate is filled out.
  • The body is turned over to the funeral director the family has selected. The body is then prepared for burial, cremation, or donation.

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Terminology

fixyourwritinghabits:

tooyoungforthelivingdead:

biggadjeworld:

I am going to do a break down of the various terminology as it is accepted in most Romani academic circles.

I realize that this can be very confusing, especially to those outside our ethnicity and culture, and even to those who were raised in our culture, but do not have a full grasp of our language.

I must also note that self-identification varies amongst us and many of our own people may not recognize what is considered proper terminology.

“Gypsy” - The pejorative term created by the British in the 1500s. The term was created to identify only those who are Romani, most specifically those who we now call UK Romany & the Romanichal. It was never intended to be used as a descriptor for any other ethnic population. It comes from the Old English term for Egyptian, and not Greek. It is a slur.

Romani - The term that refers to our entire ethnic population, including the Sinti. It refers to the ethnic population that left Northern India & Pakistan shortly after the invasion of the Persian Muslims who have since settled in Trukey, all of Europe, and the Americas. The term is used to refer to our culture & language in relation to the entire ethnic population:
Romani culture, Romani language, Romani people, Romani ethnicity.

Romany - The population of Romani who settled in the British Isles sometime in the late 14th century. They have since become two distinct populations self identifying as either Romany or Romanichal. This spelling is typically used to refer only to the ”native” Romani population of the region. It does not inculde more recent Romani immigrants or refugees from continental Europe. Romany is typically prefixed by British, UK, English, or another identifier of where in the region they have settled & lived.
Ex: Some Romani families have lived in the UK for one hundred years or more and they have even picked up some words from the Rromanes dialect spoken by the UK Romany. 

Sinti - The self-identifier of a sub-ethnic population of the Romani people who live in Germany, Austria, regions of Central Europe, and the United States of America. Many Sinti prefer their identifier over Romani, though they do indeed belong to the Romani ethnic population & their language is a dialect of the Romani language.

Rroma - A sub-ethnic group of the Romani population who live throughout Transylvania, Central Europe and Northern Italy.
(This is why referring to our entire ethnic population as the Rroma & Sinti tends to be problematic. It is inclusive of only these two very specific Romani sub ethnic populations, when in fact, we have likely over 80 self-identified distinct groups that are considered part of the Romani ethnicity.)

Rroma - A Romani woman. The adjective that describes a Romani woman or girl.
Ex: I am a Rroma woman, but I belong to the Romani people.

Rromni - A Romani woman who is married. A wife.
Ex: The Rromni took care of her sick husband.

Rrom - A Romani man. The adjective that describes a Romani man or boy.
Ex: The old Rrom told us stories about our history.

Rromanes - The language of the Romani people. Sometimes referred to as “Romani chib”, which means “Romani tongue”. This includes all dialects of the Romani language spoken in all of Europe, Turkey, South Africa, as well as North, Central & South America.

Dom - A sister population of the Romani ethnicity. They are believed to be descendants of similar North Indian & Pakistani ethnic groups. They likely began their diaspora before the people who are today considered the Romani. The Dom live throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East & Central Asia.

Domari - The language of the Dom people.

Lom - Speculatively related to the Romani in the same way as the Domari: a population of mixed Northern Indian ethnic groups who began their diaspora before the population that is considered the Romani. They settled mostly in the Caucasus Mountains, and largely in Armenia.

Lomavren - The language of the Lom people.


The Romani, Dom & Lom are related to some degree, but the exact relation is still contested by some. The Dom & Lom are sometimes lumped under the pejorative exonym, “gypsy”, though this term was never ascribed to them until rather recently.
When referring to this entire diasporic population from the Indian subcontinent, they should always be termed “The Romani, Dom & Lom”. Of course, order can vary, but the proper terms should be utilized instead of “gypsy”.

Single “R” & double “Rr” spellings - Both manner of spellings are correct. Some dialects use a double “Rr” spelling for phonetics purposes, while other use it to distinguish us from Romanians & inhabitants of Rome, Italy.


Non-Romani Ethnic Populations:

There are several ethnic populations that are wrongly lumped under the slur umbrella that is “gypsy”. Many have no relationship to us & should only be discussed in terms of contact. We are entirely separate ethnic populations.
(For those who still have not grasped this concept yet.)

Pavee - Commonly known as Irish Travellers, they are a sub-ethnic group of Irish who have lived a nomadic existence for several centuries. They reside in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  Some self identify as “Irish Gypsies”, though the bastardization of that term from the UK Romany is a rather contentious topic.  
Some Pavee have had very close relations with UK Romany, even inter-marrying. However, it is important to note that the Romany & Romani are in no way related to Irish Travellers. We are not only two separate ethnic populations, but we even belong to two separate races.  We each have our own lanaguage & culture. 

Shelta - The language of the Pavee.

Banjara - An ethnic population living in Northern India. Though we have been genetically linked to the Banjara, the group is not the only Indian ethnicity that comprised of the initial Romani diasporic population. In fact, we have been linked to a wide variety of ethnic populations that live throughout Northern India, Pakistan, and even Eastern Afghanistan. The Banjara are just one of those many ethnicities.
The Banjara are not “gypsies” & they are not Romani.
They are Banjara. They are Indian.


There are many nomadic peoples throughout Europe.
The only ones who are Romani are the Romani.
The only ones who are “gypsy” are the Romani, most specifically, the Romany.

The Yeniche, Quinqui, Scottish Travellers, Norwegian Travellers, any generic nomadic people, nomads of India, Asia, or any other place on Earth are not Romani & they are not “gypsies”. Not even the Lom & Dom are “gypsies”, or Romani, even though they are our sister ethnic populations.

The only people who are Romani are the Romani.

Needed this today, so reblogged for everyone else too

get it right, and maybe avoid being a racist at someone!


Further Resources:

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