For centuries, stereotypes and prejudices have had a negative impact on the understanding of Roma culture, according to the Romani Project.Also, because the Roma people live scattered among other populations in many different regions, their ethnic culture has been influenced by interaction with the culture of their surrounding population.About 11 million people worldwide, according to the New York Times, and about a million in the United States, according to Time, belong to an ethnic group known as the Roma or Romani.They are more commonly called Gypsies or travelers.
They developed a reputation for a nomadic lifestyle and a highly insular culture.
Often, the girls in a group will compete to see who can have the largest, most extravagant wedding dress.
Some of this has been documented in the American show "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding." Hierarchy Traditionally, anywhere from 10 to several hundred extended families form bands, or kumpanias, which travel together in caravans.
"A people's culture needs to be looked at in the context of that people's development, and no culture [should] be judged to be intrinsically superior or inferior to another," Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, told Live Science.
In addition to Jews, homosexuals and other groups, the Roma were targeted by the Nazi regime in World War II.