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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tehuti Research Foundation (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931446199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931446198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,069,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Moustafa Gadalla is an Egyptian-American independent Egyptologist, who was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1944. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Cairo University.

Gadalla is the author of eleven internationally acclaimed books about the various aspects of the Ancient Egyptian history and civilization and its influences worldwide. He is the chairman of the Tehuti Research Foundation—an international, U.S.-based, non-profit organization, dedicated to Ancient Egyptian studies.

From his early childhood, Gadalla pursued his Ancient Egyptian roots with passion, through continuous study and research. Since 1990, he has dedicated and concentrated all his time to researching and writing.

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The Romany (Gypsy) Essence of Hispania

The Egipcianos of Iberia

The people commonly referred to as Romany (Gypsy, Gitano, Bohemian, etc) are consistently found in (or near to) ancient settlement sites of the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the southern and central regions. Their Egyptian heritage is clearly recognized in the furthermost areas of Iberia, such as the Basque provinces, where they are called Egipcioac, or Egyptians. The Egipcioac/Egipcianos of Iberia are proud of their heritage as the descendants of the Egyptian Pharaohs. They were/are fond of talking of Egypt and its former greatness. Unfortunately, the spirit of a post-Reconquest "purified" Spain lingers on, and as a result, the Romany of Hispania’s insistence of Egyptian heritage has been arbitrarily and capriciously denied by most of academia.

It is interesting to note that the word gypsy/gipsy is derived from the Spanish word Egipci-anos. All other names that describe the Egipcianos are, as expected, Ancient Egyptian names. The Hispanic Egipcianos are known as Roma-ny, Bohem-ian, Gitanos, etc. All such terms are Ancient Egyptian.

Roma is an Ancient Egyptian word meaning (Egyptian) men. The Egyptian people alone were termed romat; other nations were Negroes, Asiatics, or Libyans, but never romat. In the Egyptian and most Semitic tongues, the letter t at the end of the word is silent. Hence, Roma.

Rom is a recognizable Hispanic Gitano word meaning man. The word man in Sanskrit is domba. This is a strong linguistic confirmation of the falsehood publicized by western academia that the Roma-ny are of Indian origin, despite the Hispanic Romany insistence of their Egyptian heritage.

The word Bohem-ian is also an Egyptian word. The verb-stem of this word is Bohem/Bahm, which means to be/make obscure or dark/black/mysterious/mystical. Bohem-ian will thus mean mystical, which describes the mystical nature of the Hispanic Romany religious practices.

The word Gitano is also of Egyptian origin. Ghit/Git means tillable land, in the Egyptian tongue. The term, La Tina also means fertile soil/land in Egypt. The Ancient Egyptian word Kemet also means black (fertile) soil. The conservatism of the Egyptians and Iberians is rooted in the earth/land. As such, these above-mentioned terms that are associated with the (Egipcianos) Gitanos are likewise related to the earth/land.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hanzi on April 12, 2012
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I knew going in to this that the book would be full of false facts, but this book was absolute garbage. As a Romani person I find the author's complete lack of knowledge of our culture offensive. If you are going to wright a book about our people you should at the very least have read works by Romani authors or spoken to a Romani person. The author makes many false claims, mainly that he beleives that we originated in Egypt. Our language and our culture is proof positive of Northern Indian origins. One of his claims is that the Romani people have a matriarchal society, this is absolute nonsense, we have a VERY patriarchal society. He does not cite ONE piece of work that dealt with the Romani people. Half the time it is unclear wheather he is talking about Romani people or the native Spaniards. One of his more ridicuous claims is that Flamenco is a direct descendant of Ancient Egyptian dance. This is false, it is a descendant of Rajashtani folk dances which still go on today and which is clearly similar to the dances of other Romani tribes. One of the most unsettling things said is that Gitanos are somehow different and unrelated to the other Romani people throughout the world and that (using the term Hungaros specifically)other Gypsies are dirty. All in all this book is not worth reading if you are serious about learning about our culture. I find it very unsettling and offensive when non-Romani people insist on claiming more knowledge about our culture than we know ourselves!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason on April 23, 2005
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Egyptian Romany is the eleventh book in a line of non-fiction works by author, Moustafa Gadalla, a torch bearer illuminating the threadbare excuses and suppositions of centuries of Western academic posturing (as means of job protection) upon Egypt and its ‘imagined’ (more Western job protection) history. Perhaps that is a little misleading, as Moustafa Gadalla’s work is not theory debunking, rather it is by his process of revealing to the world the tenets of ancient and modern Egyptian life the outdated academic battleships who should never have been trawling in these waters to begin with are sunk. If you are at all familiar with the author’s work, Egyptian Romany will not disappoint and if all you care about is understanding how interpolated Spain, with preference to the Iberian coast, was and still is with ancient Egypt you may be stunned with the stark, yet undisguised, realisations and common-sense findings within.

Among the repertoire of the author’s multilingual published works, Egyptian Romany shares a certain relationship to the earlier work, Exiled Egyptians, in that it is a tracing of lineage and interrelationships along the tides of millennia. Unlike, said previous work, Egyptian Romany explores the special relationship between the two lands, one that is prevalent in modern society in Spain to this very day.

It is the ‘silent majority’, known perhaps most commonly as Gitanos/Gypsies/Romany who by their very nature of non-violence toward northern colonists were pushed out of their country into nomadic-seeming existence that the book begins, delving immediately into etymological fact before breaking down the stages of conquest over the land and people.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2004
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Also available in an e-book format (1931446202, $10.95), Egyptian Romany: The Essence Of Hispania by Egyptologist and historian Moustafa Gadalla surveys 6,000 years of Iberian history to reveal the cultural roots of the Romany (Gypsies) to ultimately derive from ancient Egypt. Moustafa draws upon his original research to reveal and document the relationship between Egypt and Hispania through several factors including archeology, history, culture, ethnology, linguistics, and more. Moustafa is a master at historical research and has often brought to the study of history (especially Egyptian history) a novel and iconoclastic perspective that is buttressed by impeccable research and an articulate presentation of often surprising and long obscured data. Egyptian Romany is enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Egyptology, Hispanic history, and Romany culture.
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More About the Author

Moustafa Gadalla is an Egyptian American independent Egyptologist, who was born in cairo, Egypt in 1944. he holds a bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Cairo University.

From his early childhood,Gadalla pursued his Ancient Egyptian roots with passion, through continuous study and research. Since 1990,he has dedicated and concentrated all his time to researching and writing.

Gadalla is the author of thirteen internationally acclaimed books about the various aspects of the Ancient Egyptian history and civilization and its impact worldwide. His books are alos found in seven other living languages.

Gadalla is the chairman of the Tehuti research foundation -- an international, US based, non-profit organization dedidacted to Ancient Egyptian studies.
Gadalla is also the founder and Dean of the on-line Egyptian Mystical Universisty for public education of the Egyptian deep knowledge and wisdom.