The fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies) Part One

Gadje Gadjensa, Rom Romensa.” This is a Romany (Gypsy) saying that means Gadje with Gadje, Rom with Rom.”


So what is a gadje? A gadje in the Romany language means “not one of us.” Many Rom prefer to not allow outsiders into their lives. It’s no coincidence that in my hours, days, and months of researching the Romany for my Regency romance novel, SEEKING PATIENCE,  little information was available. Odd, because the Rom have lived in many places throughout the world for centuries. They’re a widely-traveled people. Yet there is little written history regarding their origins, although recent evidence points to an emigration from India 1500 years ago.

I believe that the reason there is little information available is because the Rom simply prefer it that way. They are a proud people who keep to themselves. And they are nomads, forever on the move, traveling by horse and wagon in caravans. In one of my novels, a bender is described. It is a tent, easily constructed using bendable twigs and any available materials on the side of the road.

I’ll continue to share my research next week, but will end with a favorite Romany quote (actually a spiritual incantation)  to finish today’s blog:

Mutato nominee, de te fibula narratu.”


“With but a single change of name, the story fits thee quite the same.”


Do you have any knowledge or Romany (Gypsy) stores to share? Please post your comments below, along with your email address, and one lucky winner will receive a free ebook copy of one of my sweet romance novellas. The winner can select their choice of either I Love You More,  or A Snowy White Christmas Winner will be announced the week of July 25th.

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Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband of 40 years. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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5 Responses to The fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies) Part One

  1. nitethyme says:

    Sounds fascinating. I know the book is an interesting read. Linda

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Josie says:

    Thank you! 🙂


  3. marymarvella says:

    Thanks for sharing your research! Many of us know very little real information about people who have been both romanticized and vilified for ages!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. marymarvella says:

    Reblogged this on MaryMarvella and commented:

    I’m betting you love to read about handsome or beautiful gypsies!


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