What Is a Gypsy?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Gypsies

5 Things You Didn't Know About Gypsies

When I think of gypsies I can't help but picture a cloaked fortune teller or dancer like Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But it turns out much of what we know about this historically persecuted group of people is based on urban legends and outdated artistic interpretations. After watching an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, I was intrigued to learn more about the fascinating and mysterious history of the gypsy or, more accurately, "Roma" culture.

Click through to learn some of the lesser-known tidbits about this secretive and misunderstood community of travelers.

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