Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gypsy Mythology

Long curly hair tied back with a bandanna, flowing skirts, giant hoop earrings, bangle bracelets, palm reading and crystal balls.  These are just some of the things that come to mind when the word Gypsy is uttered.  But who are Gypsies?  

Gypsies - also known as Romanies -are a group of nomadic people.  Their culture originated in India during the Middle Ages.  According to Romani mythology, India was experiencing a period of turmoil and upheaval.  When society began to divide, groups of people were either accepted or not.  Those outcasts tended to be thieves, musicians/actors, and magicians. 

Gypsies tend to adopt the major religion of whichever country they reside.  However, the main religions of the Romanies are Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.  They are also known to participate in Shaktism - a practice that states that a female consort must be represented in order to worship a god.  This practice dates back to the days of India.

Some of the more widely known folklore topics of the Romani people are:
  • Astrology
  • Curses
  • Dhampir - a child of a vampire and a human
  • Divination
  • Dragons
  • Fortune Tellers
  • Palmistry
  • Psychics
  • Spirit Invocation
  • Tarot
  • Vampires
  • Witches
What things come to your mind when you hear of Gypsies?


  1. Like so many of what you tackle there's real and there's myth and there's some fuzzy stuff that crosses over between them both.
    On the lighter side, I really like gypsy inspired clothing. In my thinner days...

    1. I like the fuzzy stuff. And I know how you feel about your "thinner days."