Although firstly the Roma were discovered in Egypt by Andrew Boorde in 1545, and their language was described by this englishman in his book The fyrst booke of introduction to knowledge, the Roma are not egyptians. Andrew Boorde call them Egyptians (hence the word GYPSY in English) in his treatise, but the Romani language is Hindi.
Many educated Roma still believe that we are egyptians or we have de word DEL-God from the Hebrew language (EL/ELOHIM/ELOAH are semitic words). This is totally absurd. The next demostration will proove to those Roma wich are still believing such a nonsense that they are wrong and dont pay attention to their own language:
Romani declension of the hindu word DEVEL
Nominative DEVEL /DEL DEVLA/DELA
Vocative DEVLA/DEVLEIA DEVLALEN/DEVLENA
Accusative DEVLES DEVLEN
Dative DEVLESKE DEVLENGE
Genitive DEVLESKO DEVLENGO
Locative DEVLESTE DEVLENDE
Ablative DEVLESTAR DEVLENDAR
Associative DEVLESA DEVLENSA
So, the Romani form DEL-is a corrupted form of DEVEL( DEVATA in Sankrit), wich became consecutively DEULA and DEL in Romani. It is easy to see in the declension that the correct Romani form is DEV and not DEL. Because the modern Roma dont pay attention to their language, and because many of them are Protestant Christians, believe that the semitic word EL-God is the source of their divine name DEL, but is clearly seen that the ultimate source of the Romani word DEL is the SANSKRIT word DEVA.
The following declension is of the Sanskrit word DEVA-GOD
source: A Rapid Sanskrit Method By George L. Hart, page 9
Now, remains to explain how the Romani word DEVEL originates in the Sankrit word DEVATA-a God… In Romani Ursari dialect the verb BeshTiom- i sat, became BeshLiom/BeshLem- i sat, in other Romani dialects. So, the T from Sanskrit became L in Romani.
Author, a native speaker of the Romani language , Cirpaci Marian Nutsu. Email email@example.com