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Tzigania - the Gypsy Homeland

By Chuck Todaro
August 2012

Autonomy or bust!


Tzigania - it’s a state of mind

The Gypsy homeland


    Tzigania – is what the natives call the “Gypsy section” of town; it’s the ghetto or mahala that’s often found, sometimes quite literally, “on the other side of the railroad tracks”. Natural or artificial boundaries like a hill, stream or cement wall separated the “undesired” Gypsies from the others; sometimes its layout alongside the local cemetery forms another kind of ethereal boundary as where no “God-fearing” human would live.

Though located inside town borders, Tzigania stands alone; it’s the “forbidden zone” or strictly “out of bounds” like a toxic waste dump. Status quo segregation combined with the Gypsies own self-imposed solitary confinement has sealed “tzigania” into a place where time stands still, where neither people, new ideas nor investments penetrate.

Autonomy or bust!

Small in area yet large in population – it holds an autonomous status preserving its own special brand of a non-European, “carpe diem” society. A loosely in-control leadership keeps order of the clans while a homogeneous border control of truant children guards the perimeters to ensure that.... 

Tzigania - it’s a state of mind

Children, children everywhere, is yet another conspicuous feature of the Gypsy section and which adds to the overall sense of...

Tzigania – the Gypsy homeland

The Gypsies have a saying within their borders that a non-Gypsy can live a very happy life in tzigania, but a Gypsy can never survive outside. A Gypsy outside Tzigania is like a fish out of water – and certain to drown in the....



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A Gypsy Has a House

(traditional Gypsy Song)


A Gypsy has a house,
two children and a wife.
She was beautiful.

So beautiful she lit up the house


The Gypsy was moody,
wicked and finicky.
At night he would come home drunk,

and beat her over the head.

The woman got angry,
she took to the road and left,
She went to Califat,
and married a Boyar.
Leana and Tincutza cry,
they cry all the time for their little mother.

The Gypsy now is sorry,
and has gone after his wife.

till he found her in Califat,
while passing her gate,

The little children screamed,
look papa, it’s our little mother.
Look, she is over there on the terrace.
She is at the table with the Boyar.

When the woman saw them,
She pulled all the hair out of her head.
She never wanted fortune,
nor wealth of any kind.

She has now returned back home,

and is more beautiful than ever.