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Vardo vans: rich gypsy caravans


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Vardo vans: rich gypsy caravans


It may seem that life in a mobile home originated in America, but it is not! This is a purely European phenomenon, originating from European traveling theaters and artists living on wheels. Instead of tents, they used horse carts, where they cooked, and rested, and spent the night.

Origin of vardo vans

In the 19th century, this habit was adopted by the Roma, an ethnic group of people from Northwest India. The ancestors of the Gypsies came out of India and settled all over the world, mainly in Asia, Europe, over the last century - in America.

The vans on which the Gypsies moved were called vardo - translated from the Ossetian "cart". Gypsies tend to decorate their homes with carvings and multi-colored patterns; rich people decorated carts with gold. Vardos can be finished in different styles that change over time.

The gypsies were proud of their homes, decorating them more and more, until the abundance of decorations turned from vardos into museum exhibits. Only a small part of the Roma remained to live in the wardo.

After the death of the owner, the cart was burned along with the interior decoration: the gypsies believe that it is impossible to use the belongings of the deceased, but this does not apply to jewelry and money.

Vans time

The number of vardos increased dramatically by the beginning of the 20th century - this period was even called "the time of vans". The era lasted 70 years, and by the second half of the 20th century, carts had become a relic of the past. Several carriages that have survived to this day are kept in museums and private collections.

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