Romani culture

Bibi and Bibijako Djive
in Serbia

Ethnographic literature on Romani people registers and de­scribes Bibijako Djive as an element specific to traditional Romani culture. What is common for all ethnographic sourc­es is that they associate the Bibi cult with Eastern Orthodox Christian Roma. It is believed by some, that the Roma adopted the be­lief that the cholera appears in the form of a wom­an from the Serbs and used the Romani term for aunt, bibi. Because there is a verbal taboo linked to the disease, the Serbs call it Tetka-‚Aunt‘

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