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About Bjern

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    Yes, on 10/12/2005.

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    I was raised in the Truth by my mother.

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    The Bible.
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    Depends, however I usually prefer (tho not always) music from these genres: Folk, instrumental, ambient, indie, some electronic, as well as some opera.
    I dislike techno, dubstep, rap, metal, and most pop music.
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    "The Lord's will is as announced in the Scriptures, 'Thou shalt not kill,' and therefore any members of the Association so consecrated unto the Lord who would willingly violate his covenant of consecration would forfeit for himself God's favor, even to his complete destruction. Hence such members could not willingly and conscientiously engage in the taking of the life of human beings." ~ Judge Rutherford and seven others, while in prison during WW1.

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  1. Thank goodness Jehovah loves them, and is not prejudice. Historically, some Romani people were mercenaries, which covers warriors. They also commonly specialized in animals, especially horses, though maybe not so much with cattle. They came from the Hindu civilization. Each tribe and each clan have their own traveling territory, though persecution has often been a reason for them to leave their usual territory. All of those groups are/were disliked, though not always for the same reasons. That definition certainly applies to the Romani. It's not an American thing, as the terminology "Gypsies" originates from Europe. It wouldn't surprise me if, like the Romani, other nomadic ethnic/national groups don't appreciate this term either, as it is commonly used in a derogatory manner. I prefer not to use it myself, unless explaining it.
  2. It's becoming more and more unpopular in mainland Europe as well as other parts of the world. Some still don't mind the term and use it themselves, while others find it very offencive and will even get upset about it. The term "Gypsies" has an interesting origin. When Europeans first encountered the Romani, some had the assumption that they were from Egypt, being that they had dark skin, spoke an unrecognizable language, and wore golden jewelry. They began to call them "Gyptians" which over time changed to "Gypsies" (Now in the UK the term can apply to another unrelated ethnic group, and in America it has largely become more associated with fantasy stories than real life). In reality of course, the Romani had originally come from the region where N.W. India and Pakistan is (in fact, many still live there, but they are called the Banjara there). That in itself is irrelevant ~ it doesn't matter which part of the world someone is from, so if that was the only thing about the term, then that would seem fine. Sadly it is often used with a strong negative connotation, so it's any wonder why the Romani want to reject this foreign invented term now, besides the fact that misconceptions have plagued them for hundreds of years, so a title that is an obvious misconception has come to represent all the misconceptions that they have had to live with. I don't trust that linked article...It states that the Romani arrived in Europe in the 16th Century, however there is evidence that they had begun to arrive as early as the late 13th Century, and many were transported into Europe as slaves. They likely first arrived in England a little before the 16th Century, for Henry the VIII persecuted them during his rule, and he ruled from 1509 to 1547.
  3. The Romani are a notable example of this. You'll probably find that whenever people talk about them, there is bound to be something negative is said about the ethnic group. ~ "Gypsies" is considered a derogatory term now, and many Romani people won't identify with it. Granted, it's not the worst term out there, but it does represent misconception, and is used in a derogatory manner by some. You'll likely notice that the FDS doesn't use that term, but uses more appropriate terms when making articles and videos about them.
  4. Yeah, nomadism is largely disappearing now. I believe much of the aversion comes from the fact that nomads tend to be seen as the outsiders when they enter a settled population, as well as that they are often different in some way to the rest (culture, appearance, language, beliefs...). Historically they were also sometimes blamed for bad things that happen, which can give them a bad reputation. I think that was the case for the San people in Africa, for instance.
  5. Interesting! Normally people don't like nomads, and don't want them around, so it's nice to see a festival for nomads.
  6. Ah, wasn't notified that I got a reply. Yes, that is Arashiyama. Worth visiting!
  7. The gunman was not a Muslim. The victims were.
  8. I wonder if any of the victims had been studying the Bible, or at least were return visits...I had to think of this, as my Bible study is a Muslim.
  9. So far: Japan (2016). Especially liked Hokkaido. Hokkaido... Kyoto... Osaka...
  10. Oh dear.. Somehow it wouldn't surprise me if feminists tried to do that.
  11. Well at least they got the "men" part right, lol.
  12. I'm just saying it's not for me personally as a vegetarian ~ I'm not telling other people not to eat it if they want to. Dog meat is actually very popular in China, and I think even a good number of tourists end up eating it without realizing it. The treatment of these dogs that are bred (or kidnapped) for food is not that different from the treatment of other animals bred for food, so it would be ironic to have a problem with the one but not the other. That being said, I can understand why someone who eats meat might not want to eat dog however, as the smell is quite off putting. I have heard that guinea pig is a bit of a delicacy in parts of South America...I heard that goes back to the Inca.
  13. I don't view conscience issues as for private life only, but each to their own.
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