Gypsies migrated from northern India into Europe around 1500 years ago. They are also known as ‘Romani’. Many are nomadic, and so the word ‘gypsy’ has sometimes come to be applied to any wandering ethnic group. In fiction gypsies have been popularly endowed with mystical powers, fortune telling abilities, and strange magic. In reality, they tend to take on the dominant religion of the country in which they live, with some elements of Hindu belief remaining.