Turkish Gypsy Dance


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Gypsy's came to Turkey from many different regions, Bulgaria, Greece & Romania, and for many different reasons, economic difficulties & war to name a few. For the most part they settled down in the western part of Turkey. Most of the Gypsy's that have settled in Turkey have learned to speak the Turkish language, while some have retained the language from the region in which they came. Although most gypsy's accept Muslim as their religion, some are Christian.

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The gypsy's that came from Bulgaria are called Bulgarian Pomagi, the one's that came from Greece are called Greek Pomagi, while the one's that arrived from Romania are called Macir and sometimes Roman. Some of the most common jobs are circus, musicians, farm work and dance.

Gypsy's have their own music, dance, costumes and ceremonies. Some of the most common dances are romanian, mastika, bir sari yilan, tulum, sirto, kampana, karsilama, roman, sulukule, agir roman and kaba roman. The dances can be performed as a solo or in a group. The dances usually represent personal skills, daily life and love stories. Instruments that accompany the dances are most commonly the clarinet, davul, zurna, darbuka, keman, kanun and cumbus.


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