ISBN-10: 1620556677

ISBN-13: 9781620556672

A entire A-to-Z reconstruction of the oral culture of the Rom--gypsies--based on assets by no means prior to to be had in English

• provides the starting place myths and magical traditions of the gypsies, together with their mythical ties to Egypt, animal ancestors, and tree spirits

• Examines the 3 significant settings of gypsy folktales--the woodland, the waters, and the mountain--and indicates how their global is stuffed with spirits

• indicates how the non secular innovations of the Rom testify to a profound syncretism of the pagan traditions and Christianity

Although their very own myths and their universal identify aspect to Egyptian origins for the gypsies, the Rom, as they name themselves, originated in India, as evidenced through stories in their language. They arrived in Europe within the 9th century and unfold around the continent from East to West, attaining England within the fifteenth century and Scandinavia by means of the top of the sixteenth century. A nomadic humans, those wanderers have been reviled by means of neighborhood populaces at any place they went and thought of as misfits, intruders, foreigners, and thieves.

Drawing on a couple of resources by no means earlier than to be had outdoors of japanese Europe, Claude Lecouteux reconstructs the gypsy oral culture to supply a accomplished A-to-Z examine gypsy mythology, together with their folktales, rites, songs, nursery rhymes, jokes, and magical traditions. His major resource is fabric accrued through Heinrich Adalbert von Wlislocki (1856-1907), an ethnologist who lived with gypsies in Romania, Transylvania, and Hungary within the latter half the nineteenth century. He offers the beginning myths of the gypsies, legends which shape the ancestral reminiscence of the gypsy tribes and sometimes heavily contact on their everyday life.

Lecouteux explores the whole variety of supernatural beings that inhabit the gypsy global, together with fairies, undines, ogres, giants, dog-people, and demons, and he examines the 3 significant settings of gypsy folktales--the woodland, the waters, and the mountain, which they worshiped as a sacred being in its personal correct. He additionally finds how coexisting with peoples of other religions led the gypsies to conform or borrow tales and figures from those teams, and he exhibits how the non secular thoughts and sacred tales of the Rom testify to a profound syncretism of pagan traditions and Christianity.

Complete with infrequent illustrations and data from imprecise assets showing for the 1st time in English, this special reference paintings represents a good source for students and people trying to reconnect to their forgotten gypsy heritage.

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