The nomadic Romany (“gypsy”) tribe: Credited with amazing contributions to the music and dance of many countries from antiquity to the present – Sind & Punjab

The Times of India, Life, May 14, 2013 | To read the full article, click here >>

Many of the modern day gypsies can be traced back to the nomadic tribe called Roma. In Europe, they were referred to as the goddess-worshippers. This goddess was none other than Kali. They were later referred to as gypsy, as they believed that they came from Egypt before spreading to European countries.

The tribe Roma also make a claim that their ancestors were an ancient warrior class in Punjab. It is said that this claim points out to Mohenjo Daro, one of the earliest towns in the Indus Valley Civilisation in the Sindh area.

DNA research is also said to have established the European gypsies’ genes to Northern India. It is believed that the various invasions in India led to the exodus of this tribe in three waves which led to the spread of the tribe across Persia, Turkey, Greece, Europe, Spain, Russia, Finland, Egypt and Morocco.

The gypsies prefer being called Romany. They have retained the Romany language, which finds its roots in Sanskrit. […]

While suspicions have led to wide scale persecution, the world also acknowledges their amazing contribution, especially to music and dance. From guitar to violins in places like Hungary, the flamenco dances in Spain and Oriental dances in Egypt is said to originate from them.

Source: Where do gypsies come from? – Times of India
Date Visited: Mon May 09 2016 10:17:35 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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