Lovari

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Lovari ("horse-dealer", from Hungarian "ló", horse) is a subgroup of the Romani people, who speak their own dialect, influenced by Hungarian and West Slavic dialects. They live predominantly throughout Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany) as well as in Romania, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece and Ukraine.

Ethnology

The Lovari are a Romani people who speak a dialect influenced by Hungarian and West Slavic dialects. The Lovari are further divided into the Machvaya, named after the Mačva region, which they settled from modern day Hungary.

Employment

Their historical trade was horse-trading and fortune-telling.

Customs

Lovari's traditional costume is based on traditional Central European Romani national costumes and is seldom used nowadays. They also have very strict contamination customs.

Diaspora

Tucson, Arizona and Hamilton, Ontario both house large numbers of Machvaya as do the United States, Canada, Brazil and the United Kingdom as a whole.

See also

Bibliography

External links

  • Ethnologue: Romani
  • Lovari in Croatia


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