The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

Crambe repetita (18)

… according to a tale from Bulgaria, when God was handing out the different religions the Gypsies wrote theirs down on cabbage leaves, and before long the holy book was a donkey’s dinner. Another weird tale of alimentary blasphemy comes from Romania: The Gypsies built a church of stone and the Romanians built one of bacon and ham. The Gypsies haggled until the Romanians agreed to exchange buildings – and promptly ate their church. The Serbian version has the church made of cheese …

—Isabel Fonseca
(Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey,1 p. 88f.)

  1. A very enjoyable and readable book; of its type, perhaps only second in my estimation to Unni Wikan’s Behind the Veil in Arabia: Women in Oman. []


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