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Gypsy Folk Tales [Kindle Edition]

Francis Hindes Groome
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Francis Hindes Groome was one of the small group of 19th century folklorists who immersed themselves in Roma (Gypsy) life. This was in the heroic period of the study of folklore, when devoted scholars built up the field from scratch. Even then, however, it was obvious that there were universal story motifs that spanned continents and cultures. Groome hypothesized that the nomadic Roma had been a primary conduit for the transfer of a common body of stories across a broad region of Eurasia.

Today we know that many of these themes not only span Eurasia, but are present in the folklore of people in Africa, Polynesia, Australia, and the New World, who are separated by millennia and oceans from Europe. The fairy-tale narrative of a protagonist of humble origin who goes on magical journeys of transformation, aided by animal guides, tales of tricksters, and evil step-relations are found around the world. So diffusion is less attractive as a hypothesis. These stories seem to be embedded in the deep structure of our consciousness.

This book is a treasure trove of classic 'Gypsyology', and makes fascinating reading for everyone interested in the Roma people and folklore in general. These are not watered down 'fairy tales,' but sophisticated and often earthy stories, with 'Adult situations.' Groome edited this material with a very light hand, and made no attempt to correct plot holes or inconsistencies, as in the some of the more bowdlerized 19th century folklore books. He simply lets the story teller weave their spell on us.--J.B. Hare

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  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evinity Publishing Inc; 1.0 edition (May 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BH3G88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 9, 2013
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I have always been intrigued by Gypsies and this is a great book to learn about the culture from the source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing March 4, 2013
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The romantic lure written about nomadic gypsies has existed for centuries. These were tales of heroic magic, evil tricksters, conjuring spirits and humble wizards with light hands and nimble minds. Unfortunately, the human psyche has been embedded with deep fearful mysteries, and many parents kept their offspring in check by creating evil genies who could read minds, cards and crystal balls,thereby again, supposedly, capturing their wayward souls if they stepped out of cadence line. Superstition has always intrigued the alter ego and stirred the ever imaginative ID. Underling fear.
Gypsies were always nomadic. They could not, or would not, remain long enough to take root in any locale. This wandering spirit encouraged stories about thievery, alchemy, witches, baby and chicken snatchers.
Innate fears fed these foibles. Modern tales of darkness shivering the spine are the remnants of fear mongering evil placed like curses upon innocent nomadic people. No race is more widely scattered over the world. Gypsy thinkers traveled and worked their way across continents. Most believe that gypsies originated in India. The swirling saris, gold disked chains, and dancing dervish rhythms indicate a connection.
They were fluid of wit and quickly realized the superstitious gullibility of other uneducated, untrained, fearful innocents. They learned to utilize flair, wit and sleight of hand trickery. There are tales about gypsies in virtually all countries. These have been fed also by religious fanaticism which saw evil everywhere. When anything, or anyone does not fit the normal pattern, fears arise. It has always been easy to point a finger.
This history in tales and legends of known gypsies tugs at imagination and tweaks intellect. Francis Hines Grooms penned this collection in 1899.
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