History and tradition

At the turn of the 10th and 11th century, the ancestors of today’s Roma left India. In Europe, in the 14th and 15th century, they were calling themselves newcomers from Little Egypt, penitent and pilgrims. The legendary Egypt soon penetrated European languages – languages such as Gitanos, Gitanes, Gypsies, Egiftos, Pharaohs were created. Before the name Roma became popular – terms like Cikáni, Zigeuner, Цыганы, Ţigania, Çingene and Polish Gypsies emerged from the Greek Athinganoi and the Latin Adsincani. Nowadays, the vast majority of European Gypsies call themselves Roma, some groups identify themselves as Manouches, Calé, Sinti.

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Roma Culture Platform E-Drom is Fundacja Dom Kultury’s initiative and was conducted as a result of a collaboration with the association of Counselling and Information Centre for Polish Roma and the Museum of Roma Culture in Warsaw. In 2021 the project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports, as a part of Fund for the Promotion of Culture.