Romanies, Religion and Revival


17 February 2017 / Blogs & Features

Romanies descended from a migration out of India in the early years of the 11th century. At that time, Hinduism would have been at the root of their beliefs. When they arrived in England many centuries later, outsiders observing them, were convinced they had no religion at all and were wild and heathen by nature. The traces of Indian roots remain evident today in the language still spoken. From the Sanskrit influences we have 'trusul', meaning 'cross', and ‘Devel’ is the word for 'God'. From the Hindi and Persian, we have 'kengeri' for 'church'.

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