The Egipcianos of Iberia
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.
The Reconquest has created total demographic chaos, where the native people were forced to become refugees in their own land. Antonio Dominguez Ortiz points out that the word Gitano (after the Reconquest) came to be applied not just to the Egipcianos (people of Egyptian origin) but also to other marginal groups: runaway slaves fearful of expulsion as well as the hungaros (Hungarians) from central Europe, who live an entirely nomadic lifestyle. A detailed discussion of the various facets of this diverse nomadic group, which was/is carelessly called gypsies (Gitanos), is beyond the scope of this book. It is these un-Egyptian nomadic (and sometimes criminal) elements that give the Egipcianos a bad name.
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) people/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 the common word 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 Hispanic Romany religious practices.
• The word Gitano is also of Egyptian origin. Git/Ghit means tillable land, in the Egyptian tongue. The term La Tina also means fertile soil/land in Egypt.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 like-wise related to the earth/land.
In this book, we will not (and have no right to) deny the Egyptian heritage and descendancy of the Romany. We therefore will refer to these very ancient natives of Iberia throughout this book as (Egyptian) Romany, who are different than European nomadic groups. The heritage of the (Egyptian) Romany is totally credible, from their physical characteristics and demeanor as well as linguistically, historically and culturally, and will unfold throughout this book.
[Excerpt from Egyptian Romany The Essence of Hispania by Moustafa Gadalla]