What Is a Gypsy Lifestyle?

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A gypsy lifestyle is a way of describing the way in which someone who moves a lot and never stays in one place for very long lives. It is derived from the perception of gypsies as nomadic people.

Early Romani, the ethnic name of the worldwide minority group more commonly known as gypsies, moved frequently because they were distrusted by many Europeans. Their dark skin and ambiguous origins played on the superstitions of early Europeans. Although prejudice against the Romani people has lessened somewhat, they are still ostracized in some parts of the world, particularly in Eastern European nations. Because of their reputation for their constantly-on-the-move lifestyle, in some European nations, gypsies are known simply as travelers. Though they are referenced as a collective, gypsies are not a singular group of people but many groups who practice different customs, traditions and even religions, though they do share some linguistic and occupational similarities. Ironically, not all gypsies are travelers. Some groups have lived in the same region for centuries and have established roots there. Others continue to move either because of continued bias against them or, more commonly, because they tend to take up occupations that require them to frequently change locations.