Book Review – Dictionary of Gypsy Mythology by Claude Lecouteux

February, 2019

Book Review
Dictionary of Gypsy Mythology
By Claude Lecouteux
Publisher Inner Traditions
Length 183 pages

be the first one to admit that I don’t know anything at all about
the Roma, so I found the book interesting. There are several sources
that Mr. Lecouteux quotes. His primary source is Heinrich Albert von
Wlislocki (1856-1907).

author states that there are 15 different gypsy languages, he has
tried to remain faithful to everything as it appears in the source
text. He also tells whether the words are feminine, masculine,
plural, or singular. And he is very faithful in the way he listed the
source text from which he gathers his information.

of the first entries is for Adam and Eve pg. 16 (Damo and Yehwah is
the way he has it listed in the book), I did not realize that in both
the Rama and Jewish traditions that Adams first wife was Lilith.
(But Eve’s name should not be confused with the Yahweh the name of
God, spelled differently but pronounced the same way.) Each entry
into this book is interesting; there are pictures, sigils, and in
some entries little hand drawings.

are four texts at the end of the book, one is on The Great Flood, the
next is The White Hind, next is The Mountain of Cats, and the last
one is the Bride of Phuvuš. I had never heard the stories before,
so reading them for the first time was interesting.

this book, I have gained a lot of insight into the mythology of the
Roma. I feel that this book is written with a lot of respect for the
tradition, and the people of the Roma society. I learned a lot that
I didn’t know; it also sparked my interest into more of the
mythology of the Roma.

also inspired to start checking out more of Claude Lecouteux’s
books. This being the second book of his I have read, he writes like
a professor. At times a little dry, but always interested. If you
want to know more about the Roma mythology, I would suggest this
book, the Dictionary Of Gypsy Mythology.

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