By Jean-Luc Poueyto
The Manush people claim that they are different than the Gadje because they respect their dead. Such an attitude is not at all part of an exotic legacy threatened with extinction. It stresses, on the contrary, how different conceptions of historical time can coexist in so-called Western society and influence the sense of identity of human communities. Thus, “respect for the dead” is part of a certain conception of the family, the habitat, and one’s heritage. As a place of distortion and integration, it is thus a latent ideological conflict with the surrounding society in which Gypsy society can constantly reinvent itself.