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Hans Silvester: On the road…Gypsies


Originating in India and Pakistan, the Gypsies and Romany have been wandering the earth for over a thousand years, disdaining frontiers and borders. While many of them have settled in one place after contact with the West, they're all travellers at heart, thinking nothing of hitting the road for many kilometres at a time to go on a pilgrimage or attend a party. Although the collective unconscious has long since consigned travellers to the status of thieves and scroungers, they themselves are proud of their ancestral traditions and their way of life, giving us non-nomads a real lesson in freedom and being close to nature.

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