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Romani folklore encompasses the folktales, myths, oral traditions, and legends of the Romani people. The Romani were nomadic when they departed India during the Middle Ages. They migrated widely, particularly to Europe, while other groups stayed and became sedentary. Some legends (often from non-Romani peoples) say that certain Romani have passive psychic powers such as empathy, precognition, retrocognition, or psychometry. Other legends include the ability to levitate, travel through astral projection by way of meditation, invoke curses or blessings, conjure or channel spirits, and skill with illusion-casting.

Romani folktales

Motifs in Romani folklore

See also: Motif (folkloristics)

See also


  1. ^ Baldpate at Gypsy Folk Tales], by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899, at
  2. ^ The Creation of the Violin at Gypsy Folk Tales, by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899, at
  3. ^ Childers, William P. ""The Captive's Tale" and Circumcision".
  4. ^ The Red King and the Witch at Gypsy Folk Tales, by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899, at
  5. ^ The Yellow Dragon, Fairrosa Cyber Library for Children
  6. ^ The Gypsy Fiddle: and Other Tales Told by the Gypsies - by John Hampden, World Publishing Company: New York, 1969
  7. ^ Ćirković, Svetlana. Bibi and Bibijako Djive in Serbia. Project Education of Roma children in Europe. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ Rosemary Guiley (2010). The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca. p. 151. ISBN 9781438126845.

Further reading

Folklore collections
  • Ficowski, Jerzy; Borski, Lucia Merecka; Mikolaycak, Charles. Sister of the birds, and other Gypsy tales. Nashville: Abingdon, [1976].
  • Florea, Virgiliu (2018). "Moses Gaster și colecția sa de povești populare ale țiganilor din România" [Moses Gaster and His Collection of Romanian Gypsies' Folk Tales]. Anuarul Muzeului Etnografic al Moldovei [The Yearly Review of the Ethnographic Museum of Moldavia] (in Romanian). 18: 305–324. ISSN 1583-6819.
  • Pavelčík, Nina; Pavelčík, Jiří (2001). "Myths of the Czech Gypsies". Asian Folklore Studies. 60 (1): 21–30. doi:10.2307/1178696. JSTOR 1178696.. Accessed August 25, 2021.
  • Tong, Diane (1989). Gypsy folk tales. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Yates, Dora Esther (1948). A Book of Gypsy folk-tales. London: Phoenix House.