(Persia Digest) – Zargar is the name of a village located 100 kilometers west of Tehran, in the Abyek city of Ghazvin. No one knows where the people of Zargar village came from. They speak both Persian and Romani, and they are both European and Iranian. They are tall and broad-shouldered and have sunburned faces.

The people of this village are Muslims and Shiites and they engage in farming and animal husbandry. The women of this village bake bread and make doogh, butter, cheese, and yogurt.

What makes this village most mysterious is the language of its people. Their mother tongue is Romani; this mystifies them as to where they belong and no one is sure where they originally came from. But there is a story that the Romani belong to a tribe who entered northern Iran and, because of their nomadic life, spread throughout different parts of Iran, gradually settling down, engaging in agriculture, and raising livestock.

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The people of Zargar are renowned for their faithfulness; they do not divorce or betray. The woman whose husband dies will never remarry, and the man who has a wife will never look for another woman. And if anyone does wrong, s/he will be rejected from the village; meaning that although the person is physically living in the village, no one will pay attention to him or her. This is the tradition of Zargari people as they are intolerant of those who slip.

A village with European inhabitants at the heart of Iran

Although legends attribute them to distant lands and relate them to parts of Europe, the people nonetheless love Iran and call themselves Iranians.

A village with European inhabitants at the heart of Iran

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07/10/2019 - 01:20
This article is wrong. Romani people are ultimately from Indian origin, not European. So is their language. Even the name ''romani'' isn't related to European ''Rome, Roman, etc'', although they seems similar, ''romani'' came from ''rom'' which means ''man'' in this language. Check your sources.
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