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(By Richard Stockton via all-that-is-interesting)


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In 1332, a Franciscan monk from Ireland visited the island of Crete. While there, he wrote this description of what he called “the descendants of Cain,” whom he met outside the town of Heraklion:

“They rarely, or ever remain in one place more than thirty days; but ever, as though bearing God’s curse with them, after the thirtieth day, go like vagabonds and fugitives from one locality to another, in the manner of the Arabs, with small, oblong, black, low tents, and run from cavern to cavern, because the place where they establish themselves becomes in that space of time so full of vermin and filth that it is no longer habitable.”

This was the first written account in Western Europe of the people who would come to be known as Gypsies, or Romani. Over the next four centuries, these people, who began their journey in northern India a thousand years prior, would cross every kingdom and principality in Europe. By the 18th century, they had traveled to America, and today they live all over the world.

Some Romani still live in the traditional manner–migrating from place to place, always staying outside of cities–while others have joined the larger society around them. In every place they’ve ever lived, the Romani have taken up local languages and religions, married into the local population, and somehow retained their distinct identity.

This has been both a blessing and a curse, as the Gypsies’ place in society has oscillated from “tolerated” to “actively persecuted.” Nevertheless, it seems 16 centuries of history are difficult to completely erase, and the ancient lifestyle survives to this day.


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1. Four young Gypsy women. (Source: Flickr)

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2. A female Gypsy dances. (Source: Tirgumureseanul)

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3. Gypsies enjoying a roasted pork. (Source: Blogspot)

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4. This is the sort of thing most people imagine when they think about Gypsies. Wagons like this carried the first wave of Romani migrants out of India as early as the fifth century AD. Horses pull these wagons, which are capable of crossing steppes, rivers, and mountain ranges at about the speed a person can walk. (Source: Pinterest)

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5. Such wagons are still being built. This one is on display at an outdoor exhibit in Bournemouth, England. (Source: Bournemouth)

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6. And some wagons are still in active use, such as this one in Nottinghamshire. (Source: Pix Shark)

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7. Of course, there's no law that says Gypsy families can't upgrade to something with modern insulation. (Source: Gail Kavanagh)

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8. An elaborate wagon from the Hearst Estate. (Source: Antique Carousels)

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9. A dorset green wagon. (Source: Cool Camping)

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10. The interior of a wagon is just as busy as the exterior. (Source: Top HD Gallery)

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11. Despite the apparent need to travel light, even simple wagons are decorated to within an inch of their lives. (Source: Gone Gypsy)

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12. Very few objects in the modern world have been in continuous use since the fall of the Roman Empire, but, except for some of the details, not much has changed inside a caravan. (Source: Pinterest)

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