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The Romany has been called cigano, gitanos, zigenare, zypsies, rom, roma, romani, sinti and tsigani since they came to Europe. Today there are about 10-12 Romany people in Europe.


They say that the Gypsies migrated to Europe about a thousand to a thousand and five hundred years ago from the areas of Sindh and Rajasthan. The Gypsies (Romany) language is a strange mixture of Sanskrit, Prakrit, Persian, Turkic and Slavic languages. Counting in Romany from ‘one to 10’ is the same as in Urdu, as well as several words, such as, ‘ankh’, ‘naak’, kaan’, ‘paani’...


Unlike the Romani, these are not separate ethnic groups but have formed as separate classes within the sedentary majority; they do not have an entirely separate language, but they developed specialized jargon (known as cant or argot). In German-speaking Europe, France and Wallonia, there are the Jenische or Yeniche (in German and French spelling, respectively). This group is descended from Scottish Travellers..


The Roma are a tribal people, and carried many of the traditional customs, values, and religious beliefs of India with them. Their physiognomy is the same as that of North India: straight dark hair, darker skin, shorter stature, a broader skull, a long nose, and dark pigmentation under the eyes. Their non-European origin makes them an easy victim of discrimination and inter-ethnic conflict with native Europeans. The language Romani derives from Sanskrit and North Indian languages.


Roma aka Gypsy children, Romania. (In the their native Romany language, their name derives from the word for "man"). Roma are not to be confused in the english language for Romanians.


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