Kumpania Paramitsha
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Kumpania Paramitsha

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Kumpania Paramitsha!
Historical 16th Century Renaissance & Romani Reenactors
What is Romani?
The term “Romani” refers to an ethnic group of people of Indian origin. It is interchangeable with Rom, Romany, Romanies, Romanis, Roma, and Roms. Collectively, they are known as Romane or Rromane (depending on the dialect). 

Romani are most commonly known as Gypsies. This was because when they first appeared in Europe, many thought they had come from Egypt and called them gypcian, short for Egipcien, the Middle English word for Egyptian. The term Gypsy, however, has come to incur a somewhat negative connotation amongst some Romani – although, some groups of Romani embrace its use.

Where do the Romani come from?
The Romani people originated from Northern India, sometime between the 6th and 11th century. The exact reason for their departure of India is open to debate, since the Romani do not keep written historical records.

Some suggest that during the 10th century, ten-thousand Indians were transplanted into Persia for the purpose of being musicians and farmers.

Others think that during the 10th Century, a Muslim kingdom from Afghanistan invaded India and during the war many Indian civilians fled to the west to escape.

Another account states that during a social restructure, India adopted a strict social hierarchy system of castes, which left various groups at the bottom of the caste system. Three of the major groups of this casteless system were Thieves, Musicians/Actors, and Magicians. These groups banded together and left the unbearable life of India and migrated west.

And finally, other accounts claim the Romani were driven out of India for some unknown transgression lost to time.

Whatever the reason for their departure, the Romani began in India, but have since spread out all over the world. Exact numbers are hard to come by as most Romani do not take local censuses. Estimations put their numbers between two-million and twelve-million worldwide.

Of a final note, there is a little-known theory, that while the Romani may have traveled to Europe from India, they may be of an older society not native to India. Specifically, they may be descendant of Israelites. 

Where do we come from?
The Kumpania Paramitsha has a long and detailed history that begins, in Southern California. The original Kumpania performed at SCA and Renaissance Faires and included Sa’ida Al Aziz and LuSynda – longtime friends and future creators of the current Kumpania. 

The SoCal Kumpania disbanded shortly after Sa’ida moved to Washington State in 1996 – a result of her husband’s military transfer. The remnants forming a new guild, “The Laughing Dragon” – led by Sa’ida’s mad half-brother, Ludwig. 

A little while later, LuSynda and her husband also transferred to Washington. Reunited again, Sa’ida and LuSynda yearned for now defunct Kumpania. But inspiration struck as they realized there was no Romani Guild present in the local SCA or Ren Faires. 

And so, a plan was hatched. And after two years of work and toil, a new Kumpania was created. Starting with a meager membership of only five women, the guild first began performing at the 1999 SCA June Faire, but within two years membership had quadrupled to twenty members and they were performing at events across the state. This inevitably led them to performing at the Gig Harbor Washington Renaissance Fantasy Faire, near Purdy, Washington. They continue to perform there under it's new name, the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire.

What does it all mean?
 In the Romany language, Kumpania means family and Paramitsha means story or fairy tale. Thus, the Kumpania Paramitsha means "Family of Story Tellers."

Who Are We?
Founded in 2000, the Kumpania Paramitsha is a group of talented performers portraying the Romani (Gypsy) peoples during the 16th century. The Kumpania is made up of musicians, dancers, singers, fortune tellers, fire performers, acrobats and story tellers. The Kumpania are dedicated to recreating the Romani of the Renaissance era through culture, customs, language and of course music and dance.
What Do We Do?
We're entertainers! We sing, we dance, we tell stories! Our goal is to entertain through many mediums. Our cast is comprised of people with many talents. Some play instruments, some sing, some juggle -- and together we put on shows and acts to please. We perform at period events  and faires in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area.
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