Grastano mas

Grastano mas: horsemeat

The food (meat) that is consumed is the most important sign of social distinction among Romani "castes". This differentiation is characteristic of Indian culture. Žuže Roma would never eat horsemeat because, by doing so, they would lose their "clean/higher" social status. During the war, when Roma hid in the woods from the Germans or from the approaching front and there was nothing to eat, many žuže Roma were forced to violate the ancient prohibition of their "caste" and eat the meat of slaughtered horses "which were lying all around" – as more than one person remembers.

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