amare phure: our/old people.
Old age has the highest status
in the traditional Roma community. In Roma society, which has preserved the
collection of original Indian perceptions in a greater entirety than Roma who are
settled, influenced by their European environment. The status of old people is bound
to the perception of ritual cleanliness. A woman becomes "clean"
only after menopause. Among the Vlax Roma, or the
Kalderaš Roma, phure - old
people - have certain prerogatives because they are "ritually clean".
Old people are also highly regarded among Servika-Roma. For example, it would be unthinkable for young people to use
džungalo lav – dirty words – in front of old people. In all
"memorata" that relate how evacuated Roma or Roma fleeing from the
Germans were lost in the woods, the leading role of "our old people"
who "knew" is emphasised. ("Šun le
phuren, bo chale buter maro sar tu" – "listen to old people because/ during
their lives/ they ate more bread than you.").