Each had its own cultural, linguistic, and historical tradition before coming to this country, and each maintains social distance from the others.

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This was, however, also a source of female power, for a woman could avenge herself on a man by lifting her skirts before or over him.

This could lead to his ostracization for up to a year.

Training in skills begins quite early, and children help their parents in whatever is the family occupation, be it dancing, carpentry, or something else.

Girls become skilled at household tasks and may have experience with other kinds of work by the time they marry in their mid-teens.

It is obligatory to live a year or two with the parents, at least before the first child is born.

This pattern is reinforced by the urban housing shortage.

Charming and outspoken, Spokane resident Jimmy Marks defies widely held stereotypes — and his own people's code of secrecy — to unlock a Romani world in America and tell a story which is at once humorous and poignant and speaks of the community’s continuing persecution.

Rom (man) and romni (woman) also mean "husband" and "wife." Roma avoid Soviet ceremonies and have their own interesting wedding ceremonies, which are strictly observed, even in big cities. On this day there is a mock negotiation of bride-price, or sometimes a mock abduction: the groom's friends and family storm the bride's home, which is barricaded by the bride's family.

Men command deference from women and are served by them in the home.