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Vlax Romani
Christianity (predominately Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity)[1]
Related ethnic groups
Other Romani peoples

Lovari ("horse-dealer", from Hungarian "ló", horse) is a subgroup of the Romani people, who speak their own dialect, influenced by Hungarian and West Slavic dialects. They live predominantly throughout Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany)[2] as well as in Southeastern Europe (Romania, Croatia, and northern Serbia).[3][4]


The Lovari are a Romani people who speak a dialect influenced by Hungarian and West Slavic dialects. Their language is classified under Vlax Romani.[5] The Lovari are further divided into the Machvaya, named after the Mačva region, which they settled from modern day Hungary.


Historically, their trade is horse-trading and fortune-telling.


Lovari's traditional costume is based on traditional Central European Romani national costumes and is seldom used nowadays. They also have very strict contamination customs.


Tucson, Arizona and Hamilton, Ontario house large numbers of Machvaya. They can be found living in countries including the United States, Canada, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

See also


  1. ^ "Первое Арбитражное Учреждение - Авторизация".
  2. ^ Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) (PDF).
  3. ^ Baló, Márton András (2015). "The nominal morphology of Lovari from an analogical perspective". Acta Linguistica Hungarica. 62 (4): 395–414. doi:10.1556/064.2015.62.4.2. JSTOR 26191784.
  4. ^ Óhidy, Andrea; Forray, Katalin R. (30 September 2019). Lifelong Learning and the Roma Minority in Central and Eastern Europe. ISBN 9781838672591.
  5. ^ "Lovara [Rombase]". Retrieved 2022-05-01.