Elisabeth Tauber

L'"altra" va a chiedere. Sul significato del "mangapen" tra i sinti estraiχaria

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To go "asking" is exclusively a women's activity among the Estraicaria Sinti; it is the women who are faced with the reality of non-Gypsies on a daily basis and who guarantee the survival of "their Sinti". "Asking" ("mangapen") - that is, the activity of begging and peddling - is not simply a marginal economic strategy, but rather implies a symbolic system which involves ties of kinship, gender relations, and the ideal of a shared life. The women's "mangapen" involves rules for dividing the goods among males, the lack of observance of which can cause the activity to decline. The fear of being the object of gossip, which the Sinti call "eating oneself on someone", has a fundamental symbolic efficacy in the social control of dividing goods obtained through beggary.

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