Despite their many different outer forms, and the individual stamp given them by the various political powers, the religions of Syria and Palestine appear to have been typologically similar.Out of them, however, emerged the ultimately quite distinctive religion of Israel, from which in turn Judaism, Christianity, and, less directly, Islam were formed.

After World War II, many more Romanies looked to Australia for a new home, coming in on the 10 pound boat trips; bringing with them skills such as boiler making, woodcraft, copper working and horse training.

In the 1950s, 60s and 70s; Romanies were seen camping along the east coast of Australia at places like Nudgee Beach near Brisbane and all the way down the NSW coast through to Orange and up to Mildura.

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These religions are usually defined by the languages of those who practiced them: e.g., Amorite, Hurrian, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Aramaic, and Moabite.

My name is Yvonne Slee and I 'm a member of the Romani community in Coffs Harbour.

I came to Australia from Europe and migrated here in 2005.My husband and I are both Romani and live in Coffs Harbour with our three children. I enjoy our traditions, many of them coming from our Indian roots.My favourite tradition is Romani cooking which shares many of the spicy ingredients of Indian cooking.The evidence available is primarily the product of the small, wealthy, ruling elites of these societies.It bears witness primarily to their religion, giving only indirect testimony to the beliefs or practices of the vast majority of the population.It's a great example of a photo that can be used for the ABC Open project Now and Then to show the history of an Australian community.