Hordes of otherwise quite sensible people here spend acres of time (makes sense to me) worrying about whether their sacred language is being polluted by others. Francisco de Sales Mayo was so generous as to extend his concern to Caló, which he claimed had suffered adulteration at the hands of the authors of early nineteenth century gypsy literature (Rafael Salillas, El delincuente español (1896)), and he sought in his El gitanismo, historia, costumbres y dialecto de los gitanos (1870) to turn the tide. I haven’t read the book, but Lou Charnon-Deutsch in The Spanish Gypsy: The History of a European Obsession (2004) writes that
As Charnon-Deutsch goes on to point out, Sales Mayo’s speculation is the product of contemporary belief in strong and weak races and serves to fortify distinctions between authochtonous and allochthonous Spaniards. However, it’s Sunday-afternoon, butterfey interesting because gypsies are popularly supposed (Charnon-Deutsch Chap 1 supports this) to have entered Spain via Catalonia in the early C15th (I speculate it was earlier), and large numbers are still concentrated here, and Barcelona was where the Sindhi minority made its home from the 1960s on. If Sales Mayo were to be brought back to life and commissioned to produce a new comparative study, then I bet he’d say that gypsies are in fact closer to Punjabis, who also form a sizeable minority nowadays. Then we could put the stake back in his heart and the garlic in his mouth and return to whatever we do on Sundays.
- Beware gypsies bearing gods
The Santa Majestat in Caldes de Montbui.
- Early 20th century photographs of European gypsies
Arthur Thesleff seems to have burnt most film further east, but there’s a nice snap of some early Andalusians.
- Catalan historical revisionism
Manuel Capdevila occasionally comments here but now has his own blog, Revised Catalonia History, whose goal is to remedy what he believes is the deliberate obfuscation of the Glorious History of the Catalan Nation and its Contribution to Civilisation and create a correct, Catalan-centric view.
One of his early claims is that the English paper comes …
- Gypsy madonna, madonna gypsy
Who’s copying who?