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Thursday 17 July 2014


Melon (above) and pumpkin.

The Gypsies are an interesting and mysterious people.  They are officially referred to as the Roma, from Romany rom, 'man'.  Their point of origin was India, whence they spread over the world.  They have their own language, which varies somewhat from country to country.

In south-eastern European Gypsy folklore, the belief arose that melons and pumpkins could become vampires.  If you see a spot of blood on one, that means the transformation has begun.  By night they wander about, doing harm.  However, fear not.  The Gypsy belief is that they cannot do very much harm.  No need for the garlic, then.

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