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WHO ARE THE AROMANIANS?


The Aromanians are native Balkan people. Their origins can be traced back to the wider area located between borders of Albania, Greece and Macedonia and their language belongs to the Eastern Romans Language spoken in Southeastern Europe. Due to the great periods of political and social unrest in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Aromanians scattered around the Balkan Peninsula and throughout the world. They became known as the people without a country, but despite this, they still managed to play significant role in creating other modern Balkans’ countries. With civil culture and an education as well as with strong connections throughout the Balkan and Europe, they quickly became the pillar of civil society, even a type of aristocracy. The Aromanians and their descendants significantly advanced an education, health care, banking, trading and science of the most European countries. The Greeks call them Vlachs, the Serbs and the Hungarians Tzintzars, the Romanians Aromuns, while Aromanians refer to themselves as Armãnji. Naturally peaceful, these Orthodox people adapted to new environments easily, and they eventually assimilated. The most significant pieces of heritage that they left for their descendants are the memory of the glorious city of Moscopole, the famous captains in the fight against enemies, and the beautiful Aromanian language, which carries the ancient sound – when spoken.