Their common name reflects the fact that Europeans once believed the "Gypsies," or Romany, came from Egypt. In fact, of course, they originated in India.
Although they have been persecuted heavily in much of Europe for all that time, the Romany maintain a strong identity. It's amazing that their population and culture have survived for all this time, despite discrimination and mistreatment from the neighbors.
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