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 Foundationan 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 Hispanias 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.