Where do Gypsies come from?
Gypsies are among the most curious and fascinating people on earth. As they wander about from country to country, or within a country, other people often react by disliking them or being afraid of them. Exactly where the gypsies originated is not known, but it is believed by some authorities that in the 10th century they left India and migrated to Persia. Tell Me Why •TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1962 Where Did Gypsies Come From? By A. LEOKUM Win the Britannica Junior 15- volume encyclopedia for school and home. Send your questions, name, age, address to "Tell Me Why !" care of this paper. In case of duplicate questions, the author will decide the winner. Today's winner is: Kristine Krulak, 11, Schenectady, New York. The Mongols drove them on until they reached the Balkans and Greece in the 14th century. Then the Turks made them move on and they continued to wander westward. Many stayed in Hungary and Rumania, but by the middle of the 15th century they were also in Germany, France, and Switzerland. By the 16th century they had reached England. The English decided that they must have come from Egypt and .therefore called them "gypsies." The name the gypsies have given to themselves is "Rom." Their language is called Romany. It contains words adopted from many other languages, but it shows that it originated in India. The appearance of gypsies also shows that they had an eastern origin. They are not very tall, and they have dark eyes and wavy black hair. The gypsies have remained a wandering people to this day. Some adult gypsies have lived in as many as six different countries and speak several languages. They may stop for a while in a town, but usually they move on again after a while. They love horses and often make a living as horse traders. Others are blacksmiths, jugglers, musicians, or circus performers. The Hungarian gypsies, called 'tziganes," are often gifted musicians and preserve the folk melodies of eastern Europe. The Spanish gypsies called "gitanos," are famous for their dancing. Both the Hungarian and Spanish gypsies are more likely to settle down and live in one place than are the gypsies of other countries. * * * FUN TIME The Riddle Box 1. What ship has two mates but no captain? 2. What becomes larger the more you contract it? 3. What word of five letters has only one left when two letters are subtracted? Answers 1. Courtship. 2. A debt. 3. (st)one. « * * EXTRA PRIZE YOU FINISH IT