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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #11

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Most Gypsies here don't look exactly like Indians. Rather they have a sort of general Middle Eastern look with which they could blend in anywhere from Morocco to Pakistan.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:03 PM   #12

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The Gypsies in my neighbourhood do look slightly exotic, but they have evidently intermarried with local people over the centuries, and one would never guess that they were of Indian origin.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #13

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Gypsies here tend to have this Pakistani look about them. Though some of them just look like very tanned Portuguese.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:47 PM   #14

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Here are some Greek gypsies, there are a couple of fair ones but most of them are far too dark-skinned to look like Greeks.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #15

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Nothing just to show out of india migration during ancient times is possible
Many population groups have ventured in and out of India during ancient times.

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Quite unlikely as the Gypsies/Romas themselves were not aware of their Indian origin (due to lack of any literacy among them, it was forgotten) until the modern European scholars started to scientifically study their languages and discovered their relatedness to the Indo-Aryan languages. In the middle ages it was a popular theory that they came from Egypt and i think a small group of Balkan Gypsies also embraced it and still call themselves Egyptian.
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Do you know where you read it? I think it's safe to say it's not true, at least for most Roma.
Maybe in a book published by the National Book Trust of India. It is in Hindi, don't have the book with me right now.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 03:48 PM   #16

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The Roma/Sinti originate in India and it has been said that they were an admixture of local mercenary groups and the soldiers and camp-followers Alexander the Great’s army left behind. Their languages are clearly grounded in Hindi, their religious beliefs are a syncretic mix that shows their years of nomadic existence.

Some useful info can be found here. http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/holoprelude/romasinti.html

http://thegypsyconnection.blogspot.com/2007/12/history-of-sinti-and-roma-people.html

There are useful scholarly articles available about their culture, religion, histories, and languages available on the web.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:42 PM   #17

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Some useful links.

HOME [ERGO Network]

ERIO - European Roma Information Office

Romaninet : Beginners' Romani Language
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Old December 12th, 2012, 12:47 AM   #18
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Quite unlikely as the Gypsies/Romas themselves were not aware of their Indian origin (due to lack of any literacy among them, it was forgotten) until the modern European scholars started to scientifically study their languages and discovered their relatedness to the Indo-Aryan languages. In the middle ages it was a popular theory that they came from Egypt and i think a small group of Balkan Gypsies also embraced it and still call themselves Egyptian.
And that's where the English word 'gypsy' comes from - it's abbreviated from Egyptian.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 04:02 AM   #19

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One should keep in mind that there is no universal standard for the Romani language. The Roma communities are spread across many different countries and each community comes into contact with a different language than another, leading to significant amounts of regional variation. The Romani language in Macedonia can be quite different from that spoken in Romania, for example.
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Some group of Roma people in Ukraine:
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Tbh they all seem to be pretty varied phenotypicallyClick the image to open in full size.
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