Gypsies Originated from Europe, in general..... although many say they are roma [originating in Romania] as it is the most common "still existing" form of gypies that we know of today.
However., there are conflicted points of view to where the Roma or Gypsies originated. Because they arrived in Europe from the East, they were thought by early Europeans to be from Turkey or Nubia.
They were even thought to have been from Egypt, and were called, among other things, Egyptians, or ‘Gyptians, which is how the word “Gypsy” originated.
The most popular belief among scholars has the origins hail from India. But even their beginning in India is muddled with disagreements and an abundance of cold hard facts. Because of this, the Roma/Gypsy foundation in India has several versions.
A "minority" group that travels to different lands. as Gypsy usually travel far and distant. They depend greatly on the land ( or use to )
What they were in the past varies greatly in comparison to How they are now. Primarily because they needed to adapt more "appropriately" to the advancements of society. For example., some Roma's may decide to stay 'put' on land. rather than travel. They may wear more "modern" clothing. etc
There is alot "taboo" tied to gypsies., because of their link / association with different forms of divination. like tea leaf reading., palmistry, crystal ball, and tarot readings. Divination is considered "witchcraft" in modern society.
A Gorger' is someone who wants to adopt the gyspy lifestyle and/or custom. Some may actually marry into it. It's actually viewed as a form of "mocking" amongst some Roma's. Because gorgers may just see it as something desirable... It's different when you grow up with those roots. (because of all the "taboo" tied to gypsy roots)
What sets them apart is their culture., not race.
( as their are many different races that have gypsy customs )
Their "Nomadic" Lifestyle, which may considered... to be "uncivilized" Because they are constantly travelling, depending on the earth, skills and the family for survival.