Egyptian Romany. The essence of Hispania - Moustafa Gadalla

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    It has been said that history is written by the winner(s) of the latest conflict. This is very true in the case of Hispania (Spain and Portugal), where the history books are tailored by the descendants of the northern “winners” of the Reconquest. The true builders of the Hispanic society were pushed out of their land by the northern “winners”. Subsequently, these homeless people of non-European stock were called “nomadic” and “uncultured”. This silent and peaceful majority—the truly civilized—were called by many names—Mossarabs (Mozarabs), Gypsies (Gitanos), Romany, Moriscos, Mudehars (Mudejars), . . .etc. The true voices of Hispania—such as the poet Federico Garcia Lorca—highlighted and celebrated these people of non-European stock as the true people of culture in Hispania. Lorca wrote in his book, Gitano Ballads [1928],

    . . . . .the gitano is the most distinguished, profound and aristocratic element in my country, the one that most represents its way of being and best preserves the fire, the blood and the alphabet of Andalusian and universal truth. . .

    The Romany (Gypsy) Essence of Hispania

    The Egipcianos of Iberia

    The people commonly referred to as Romany (Gypsy, Gitano, Bohemian, etc) are consistently found in (or near to) ancient settlement sites of the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the southern and central regions. Their Egyptian heritage is clearly recognized in the furthermost areas of Iberia, such as the Basque provinces, where they are called Egipcioac, or Egyptians. The Egipcioac/Egipcianos of Iberia are proud of their heritage as the descendants of the Egyptian Pharaohs. They were/are fond of talking of Egypt and its former greatness. Unfortunately, the spirit of a post-Reconquest “purified” Spain lingers on, and as a result, the Romany of Hispania’s insistence of Egyptian heritage has been arbitrarily and capriciously denied by most of academia.

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    It is interesting to note that the word gypsy/gipsy is derived from the Spanish word Egipci-anos. All other names that describe the Egipcianos are, as expected, Ancient Egyptian names. The Hispanic Egipcianos are known as Roma-ny, Bohem-ian, Gitanos, etc. All such terms are Ancient Egyptian.

    Roma is an Ancient Egyptian word meaning (Egyptian) men. The Egyptian people alone were termed romat; other nations were Negroes, Asiatics, or Libyans, but never romat. In the Egyptian and most Semitic tongues, the letter t at the end of the word is silent. Hence, Roma.
    Rom is a recognizable Hispanic Gitano word meaning man. The word man in Sanskrit is domba. This is a strong linguistic confirmation of the falsehood publicized by western academia that the Roma-ny are of Indian origin, despite the Hispanic Romany insistence of their Egyptian heritage.
    The word Bohem-ian is also an Egyptian word. The verb-stem of this word is Bohem/Bahm, which means to be/make obscure or dark/black/mysterious/mystical. Bohem-ian will thus mean mystical, which describes the mystical nature of the Hispanic Romany religious practices.
    The word Gitano is also of Egyptian origin. Ghit/Git means tillable land, in the Egyptian tongue. The term, La Tina also means fertile soil/land in Egypt. The Ancient Egyptian word Kemet also means black (fertile) soil. The conservatism of the Egyptians and Iberians is rooted in the earth/land. As such, these above-mentioned terms that are associated with the (Egipcianos) Gitanos are likewise related to the earth/land.

    The Gitano Dancers of Cádiz

    Ancient Egyptian flamenco dancer Early Roman historians were impressed by the music and dance of the people at Cádiz.

    The (Egyptian) Romany populate the areas of Cádiz, Jerez, and Sevilla (and beyond), since ancient times. Federico Garcia Lorca, in a 1933 interview, stated,

    From Jerez to Cadiz, ten (Egipciano) Gitana extended families of absolutely pure blood are guarding the glorious tradition of flamenco.

    The (Egyptian) Romany have always been connected with music and dance. The Egyptian origin of the Romany of Hispania was noted by Voltaire, who could easily see the figurative relationship between the ancient dancers at Cádiz and the modern (Egyptian) Romany of Hispania. In his Essai sur les moeurs, Voltaire maintained that the Romany (of Hispania) were the descendants of the priests and priestesses of Auset (Isis), whose castanets and tambourines derived directly from antiquity. [Vaux de Foletier pgs. 25 and 238]. Richard Ford [1845] was totally convinced that the dances of antiquity and those of the (Egyptian) Romany of Hispania were virtually identical.

    Ancient Egyptian belly dancing From time immemorial, dance has been considered a religious activity, as numerous Ancient Egyptian works illustrate. Ecstatic dancing formed an integral part of the rites of Auset (Isis) and Ausar (Osiris). The Ancient Egyptian goddess of song and dance was Het-Heru (Hathor), known also as Aphrodite (Venus). [More about the Egyptian-Hispanic musical heritage in chapter 14.]


    Ancient Egyptian dancers In Ancient Egypt. there were priestess-dancers who bear a quite striking resemblance to flamenco dancers. The upraised arms, the evident grace and movement, and the long, flounced skirts of these four Egyptian dancers remind us strongly of their modern counterparts. The famous snake priestess from Ancient Egypt wears a similarly flounced skirt, holds her snake-extended arms aloft as a dancer does, and wears a transfixed expression on her face. The sinuosity of snakes and the sinuosity of the arms and hands in flamenco are analogous. 

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents 5
    Preface 9
    Standards and Terminology 14
    Map of the Mediterranean Basin 16
    Map of Ancient Egypt 17
    Map of the Iberian Peninsula 18

    1. The Romany (Gypsy) Essence of Hispania
    The Egipcianos of Hispania
    The Egyptian-Iberian Fugitives
    The Cultured Romany/Gitanos
    The Most Religious
    The Timeless Egyptian-Hispanic Culture 21

    2. Our Heavenly Mother
    The Ascension of the Queen
    Lady of Sorrow
    The Virgin Mother with the 10,000 Names
    Matrilineal/Matriarchal Society
    The Ama Rules
    The Revered Ama
    The Bull of His Mother 37

    3. Out of Egypt
    The Mirages of Iberia
    The Egyptian Romany Colonies
    The Egyptian Influence in the Eastern Mediterranean
    The Spread of the Egyptian Religion
    The Twin Sisters 55

    4. The Egyptian-Hispanic Alloys
    Who Needed Iberian Minerals?
    The Egyptian Knowledge of Metallurgy and Metalworking
    The Golden Silver Alloy (Electrum)
    The Copper and Bronze Alloys
    The Glazing Alloys
    The Egyptian Mining Experience
    Fortifications of Isolated Communities 67

    5. In the Beginning – Almeria
    The Sirets and Petrie Archeological Connections
    The Telling Tombs
    Dry Weather Farming
    The Early (New) Settlers 83

    6. Masters of the Seas
    The Egyptian Ships
    Egyptian Goods
    The Egyptian Geodesy
    Patrons and Shrines of the Seafarers
    Our (Holy) Mother of the Sea 93

    7. Merchants of the Seas
    The Phoenicians’ Homeland
    The Egyptian-Phoenician Connection
    The Egyptianized Phoenicians
    The Seafaring Phoenician/Carthaginians
    The (Non-) Phoenician Iberian Colonies 107

    8. Canopus and Cádiz: A Tale of Two Harbors
    The Gitano Dancers of Cádiz
    Egyptian Fishing Techniques at Cádiz
    The Many (Egyptian) Names of Cádiz
    The Immortal Hercules: The Egyptian Lord of Travel
    The Greater Canopus Harbor (Alexandria before Alexander): Maiden of the Seas
    The Foundation of Cádiz
    The Lost Temples of Cádiz 117

    9. The Assyrian Devastation and Aftershocks
    The Assyrian Rise
    The Egyptian Exodus
    Turdetania Urbanization
    The Persian Rampage of Egypt 133

    10. Romanticizing the Romans
    Romanticizing the Romans
    The Fictional Romanization of Iberia
    The (Non-) Roman Temples and Tombs 141

    11. The Moors and the Egyptians
    The Identification of the “Moors” (The Moabi Brothers)
    The Nomadic Moorish Rulers
    The Civilized Populace
    The Egyptian Green Revolution
    The Egyptian Hispanic Arts and Crafts
    The Egyptian Housing and Gardens of Iberia 149

    12. The Origin of the Hispanic Languages/Dialects
    The Egyptian Source of the Arabic Language
    Sound Shifts and Linguistic Studies
    The Distinction of a Language
    The Intimate Egyptian-Hispanic Tongue
    The Divine Mother Language
    Romancing the Mother Tongue
    Writing Variations and Linguistic Studies 167

    13. The Animated Religious Traditions
    The Animated Cosmic Order
    The Role of Saints
    The Cyclical Renewal Festivals
    Egyptian Mysticism in Galicia (Priscillianism)
    Santiago de Compostela
    The Egyptian/Iberian Mystical Societies 191

    14. The Egyptian-Hispanic Musical Heritage
    The Egyptian Romany Muses
    The Music of Civilization
    The Heavenly Musical Forms
    Love Conquers All
    Singing and Poetry
    The Musical Instruments
    Rhythmic Dancing
    The Musical Activities
    The Heavenly Muses 207

    Glossary 237
    Selected Bibliography 240
    Sources and Notes 249
    Index 258
    About T.R.F. Books 268
    Ordering Information 272