Origin of Gypsies by DNA evidences

The Romani represent the largest minority group in Europe, consisting of approximately 11 million people but they lack written historical records on their origins and dispersal. According to a new study their history began in northwestern India about 1,500 years ago. Scientists gathered genome-wide data from 13 Romani groups collected across Europe to confirm an Indian origin for European Romani.

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Gypsies in village Munteni, Romania | Photo by AFP, Adrian Silisteanu

It consistent with earlier linguistic studies. From this genome-wide perspective, Romani people share a common and unique history that consists of two elements: the roots in northwestern India and the admixture with non-Romani Europeans accumulating with different magnitudes during the out-of-India migration across Europe.

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Gypsy bear-leaders on painting of Joaquín Araújo Ruano | Photo by AFP, Roger-Viollet

European gypsies today still show the highest genetic similarity with Indian people and they are long thought to have originated in India because of similarities between Roma and Indian languages.  Early European references describe wandering, nomadic communities who were known for their music and skill with horses and bears. Click here and read more…

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One thought on “Origin of Gypsies by DNA evidences

  1. Very interesting. The Romani people have interested me ever since I learned about them from a video game series known as “Assassin’s Creed.”

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