Gypsies do not embrace religion like the Christians and Muslims do but have spiritual beliefs that were influenced by the religion prehistoric Vedic culture. They believe in a compassionate divine being called o Del and a devil, o Beng who struggle for world dominance. They understand that one's future is shaped by their actions, both good and bad. They believe that events are preplanned and do not occur by chance and one's wrong actions are meted by punishment from their ancestors. The gypsies culture and beliefs are different from my culture. They have many superstitions and rituals surrounding death but consider the illness of an individual as a concern for all, which we all do.
People suffering from infectious diseases are often quarantined in my culture; the gypsies buried the dead ones and burnt everything they came into contact with to prevent the infection from spreading. The ability of contamination to spread from the dead to the living made gypsies believe in life after death. The bible teaches us about the afterlife. The gypsy family members do not struggle to inherit the possessions of the deceased as most people from my culture would do, fighting for a share of the deceased one's property. The gypsies believe that death is an omen and hence perform rituals to ensure that the spirits of the dead leave the world happily so as not to haunt them later.
We believe that when people die they rest in peace although there may be evil spirits, they are not from our deceased loved ones. They believe that the sick ones should not be left alone, and everyone must see them before he or she dies to ask for forgiveness.
The gypsies also don't touch the bodies of the deceased and sick ones are washed and dressed in fine clothes before they die. If the death occurs before one is dressed, gypsies invite a non-Roma to perform those tasks. Contrary to my culture; the deceased ones are washed and dressed after their death. The dead are buried together with the things they would need in their afterlife including personal things, tools, and money.
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