Romani culture

Kotl’ar’a (Kəldərar’a)
in Russia

Kelderaša or Kelderara are the most widespread Romani group worldwide. They came to Russia more than a hundred years ago from the Romanian speaking territories and are known under the name of Kotl’ar’a. Currently they are one of the largest Romani group in Russia and certainly the most traditional one. Russian Kotl’ar’a managed to preserve the tradition by keeping the internal communal social hierar­chy, rituals and beliefs, but also by adopting to new circumstances.

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