centuries’ long tradition, the Serbs also created a particular pantheon of nationalheroes. Their epiphanies and reincarnations were described by Ivan Čolović in his book titled Politika simbola . According to Čolović, the epiphany and reincarnation of famous, heroic ancestors are not only the common truths of contemporary trite propaganda and political folklore – today, they are used most frequently by people considered to be political, scholarly, and literary authorities. The so-called elite of the nation commonly believes that an out-of-time experience, i.e., the
, dance, food, love for children, the way of intensive family communication and life, informal primary bonds, all this can become a constitutive element of the new form of “Romahood”. This vision and its actual living do not require a historic version of the origins of the Roma nation, there is no need to build identity on “owning a territory, on won struggles and nationalheroes …” (Excerpt from interview with a pastor).
The first two steps ( emptying and releasing ) seek to negate the convert’s previous way of life and behavior and to break them away from the