Divano

divano (m.) (Persian) In the Romani Kalderaš dialect the word divano signifies a non-formalised literary genre – the relating of current events and stories that happened either to the storyteller or to an acquaintance of his. Participants judge the performance of the events according to traditional ethical norms, which are thus reproduced and strengthened. Divano is one of the cultural-social regulators of normative behaviour.

In Romani dialects which are spoken in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the term divano is not used, but critical airing of daily events is very common, and a favourite genre of non-formalised story-telling, and its function of rectifying the behaviour of individuals still exists today.

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