In Gypsy mythology, God baked the first men and women in an oven. Some, however, were kept too long in the oven and they turned out dark: the black race. The second time God opened the oven door too soon and the baking was not quite ready: the white race. The third time God produced images baked properly to the right color: the Indians, ancestors of the Gypsies.

Wedwick, H.E., Dictionary of Gypsy Life and Lore. New York, Philisophical Library, Inc. 1973

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