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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.


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.


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


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.


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


  • Yoors Jan. The Gypsies. New York. 1983. ISBN 9780671493356

External links

  • Ethnologue: Romani
  • Lovari in Croatia

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