Appelation: Sinti, Ňemcika Roma.
The number of Sinti is very low. Sinti in the Czech and
Moravian territory suffered the same fate as Czech Roma under the Nazi
Today most of the Sinti live in the Czech Republic and some also in Slovakia. Many
Sinti families are related to Sinti in Germany from where they
came to the Czech territory.
The Sinti language is still a marker of their group-identity, but rather as a symbol
than as a means of communication. Older people still have active competance in Sinti,
though they do not use it much. Younger people know it passively or not at all. The necessity of knowing at
least some Sinti is probably caused by kinship- and other relations with the
Sinti in Germany.
In contrast to the Slovak Roma, Vlachi, or
Ungrika Roma, who do not mind to welcome a gadžo who is
interested in their language and culture, the Sinti are very reluctant to receive a
"foreigner" into the privacy of their language and culture.
Like the Czech Roma, the Sinti strictly observe the
traditional rules of ritual purity.
Though in the past, endogamy was also observed strictly, nowadays there are intermarriages between
Sinti and Vlach Roma, Sinti and
Czech Roma. The reason may be similar as in the group of
Czech Roma: not enough partners among Sinti.