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Traditionally considered companions to creatures of the night, such as werewolves, gypsies gained notoriety since they migrated through Europe in the dawn of the second millennia. They are often seen as thieves, fortune tellers, and cheats, or condemned to death as witches and descendants of Satan. Gypsies were killed without legal penalty in the sixteenth century, as they had no legal rights.

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Thousands of gypsies were burned at the stake during the Middle Ages in punishment for forging the nails that bound Jesus Christ to the cross. During Nazi’s rule over Germany, 400,000 gypsies were killed in death camps and deemed as “nonhuman.”

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Most scholars agree that gypsies hail from Hindu roots. Gypsies commonly believe in past lives, karma, and the triune goddess of fate. Vedavica, fortune tellers literally read the Veda and consider tarot cards as their own interpretation of sacred Hindu writings.

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Gypsies are sentences to never retain their own national territory, political organization, church, or alphabet, because their culture was flooded by the sea; thus, they travel without rest.

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Stieger, Brad. The Werewolf Book: the Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999.

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