OK, let me clear this up abit, I am originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina and trust me we have alot of Gypsies there and all over the Balkans and
Europe, so I do know something about them. Now no one can be certain as to where the Gypsies come from, their roots go back hundreds or thousands of
years ago, and them being nomadic doesn't help trying to figure out where they're from, however I generally believe they are traced back to the
Middle East or India, part of some large race of nomadic peoples, that for one reason or another decided to disperse and move elsehwere, and there
records of such a nomadic race existing in around 100 A.D.
The Gypsies are a completely unique culture, influenced and made up of different religions and beliefs they have absorbed as they have travelled
around the world. Gypsies around the world are different from one another, for example, Russian Gypsies have a very different culture than Italian
Gypsies and so on as they have spread throughout the world and absorbed many different cultures. The Gypsies physical appearance does suggest however
they were originally at one time from the Middle East, India or Northen Africa and so on, as they generally have black hair, deeply tanned skin, and
have features that resemble Arabic, Indian or Middle Eastern people. Also I believe they're DNA and genes are very similar to Middle Eastern
people's, however it's a longshot in deciding exactly where they are from.
They speak a unique language, made of different languages they have been influenced by in their nomadic lifestyle, and different gypsies from
different countries will speak different dialects and such. It's said to be language similar to Turkish or Hungarian, however most gypsies speak
dialects depending where they are from, so it's hard to tell where it might have orignated from because it's so diverse.
Gypsies also have their own belief system, unlike any other religion, and is related more to astrological and mythical beliefs. They believe in
spiritual healing, more than one god, prophets, fore-telling, and some aspects of their beliefs relates to the occult and things like witch-craft and
so on. Their religion is a blend of many different cultures and is again completely unique.
The Gypsies have now migrated all over the world, and many live normal, western lives like us and reside in places like the USA, Australia, England,
and so on. However alot of Gypsies still live their traditional, nomadic lifestyle and many still travel from country to country, trying to earn
money. Europe still has the largest Gypsie population, and they can be found all over Europe, although they're mainly found within Eastern Europe and
the Balkans. They have migrated all over the world and as a result there are many different types of Gypsie's. European Gypsies, Arabic Gypsies,
Indian and the list goes on, and while they do share many things in common, Gypsies are all very unique people, which is what makes them such an
The Gypsie Culture is characterised by being Nomadic, moving from town to town, earning money by selling crafts, hand-made goods, trading in the
traditional style, fortune-telling, they also have their own unique festivals and celebrations and have a very vivid music and dress sense, which is a
mixture of all the cultures they have been influenced by. They sometimes perform shows in towns or sell their own special foods, which again is a
blend of everything, and they always maintain their own close-knit communities that travel together. Usually a community or group of gypsies will
comprise of several different Gypsie families who all travel together and maintain a close-knit "family" relationship with each other. This is not
to say Gypsies are an isolated and distant peoples, as many do settle in certain areas to live permanently and become absorbed into that country's
population. Also, Gypsies are a very friendly people, as their whole life of nomadicness and bartering depend on others they have learned to become
very hospitible. They will even let people stay with their family if someone is in need of help or will be happy to talk to foreigners and tell them
about their culture. They are generally a nice and good race, who stay out of trouble and only want to get by to survive so they can prosper, they
live a wonderful, happy life with their own customs and beliefs and are usually not bound by the laws of nations and such like we are.
Modern gypsies still remain the same today, living the same nomadic life as their ancestors did before them. However, in modern times persecution of
the Gypsies has become a problem, and like many indigenous races around the world, they been have mistreated, thrown out of their native areas, and
have been given a general image of a bad, evil and distrustful race, which is by no means true. After the persecution of them during WW2, alot of
Europe's Gypsie population have been wiped out, and since then many have gone abroad to the Western World to settle down or have moved away from
Europe. Most of Europe's gypsies nowadays live in Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Moldova, Rumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia,
Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Western Russia and most of the "Balkans").
However during this persecution of them, which has lasted for centuries, the Gypsies have gotten a bad reputation and many people seem them as
homeless, lazy, and simply beggars, which is nothing like the Gypsies. Because of this, many governments in Europe and around the world, dislike the
Gypsie Race, because they don't work and simply move around from place to place and see them as useless people, so in many places around Europe they
have been denied basic rights, like being able to work, freedom of belief and speech and have in some cases been deported out of countries or sent to
jail or hard labour simply because their culture is so different and they don't fit in other societies. This persecution has degraded many Gypsies
and forced them to survive by begging, theft, and other bad things which do not truly represent the Gypsie Culture, and is something they would never
do, but simply show how far these poor people have been pushed around and abused and that they lack the basic needs for survival and are being
It's a shame such a thing is happening, as the overall Gypsie population is declining and these people, in one way or another are being abused,
killed, forced to leave a country or simply dying because they are being denied basic rights that all human beings should have. The Gypsie Race should
not be looked down upon as they are generally good people, but they need our help otherwise we may even lose the once thriving Gypsie Culture that has
long being associated with Europe and other parts of the world and that has enriched and taught us alot about life, these people should not be seen as
an evil, secret society, but as any other indigenous people around the world, who are always being persecuted and mistreated, and who have given us so
much but get so little from us. Fortunately many aid agencies around the world help the Gypsies where they are being persecuted, and many new freedoms
are being granted to these people around the world, and the governments of the world are finally starting to realise that we cannot just avoid these
people, and that they are human, just like us.
There is my opinion...
P.S. I've met alot of Gypsie's in Bosnia and they're very nice, friendly people who enjoy all the same things we do, and just want to be accepted.
I even know of some Gypsies who live here in Australia!