Gipsy Life

being an account of our Gipsies and their children, with suggestions for their improvement

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Author: George Smith
Published: 1880
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,933 / 318 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.5
LoC Category: DX
Downloads: 732
Added to site: 2009.04.10
mnybks.net#: 23903
Genre: History
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rticipate in any considerable degree; they likewise compose, but it is after the manner of the Eastern people, extempore." Grellmann asserts that the Hindustan language has the greatest affinity with that of the Gipsies. He also infers from the following consideration that Gipsies are of the lowest class of Indians, namely, Parias, or, as they are called in Hindustan, Suders, and goes on to say that the whole great nation of Indians is known to be divided into four ranks, or stocks, which are called by a Portuguese name, Castes, each of which has its own particular sub-division. Of these castes, the Brahmins is the first; the second contains the Tschechterias, or Setreas; the third consists of the Beis, or Wazziers; the fourth is the caste of the above-mentioned Suders, who, upon the peninsula of Malabar, where their condition is the same as in Hindustan, are called Parias and Pariers. The first were appointed by Brahma to seek after knowledge, to give instruction, and to take care of religion. The second wer

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