Gitano is a Spanish term to describe Turkish and Arabic “Kipti” (gypsy), literally "Coptic". The gipsies seem doomed to be associated with countries with which they have nothing to do. Zingari, the Italian and German name derives from the Slavic “Tchinganeh”, Sinde or Sinte, probably from the Sanskrit “Saindhavas”, people of the Indies. Sindhu was a kingdom of India mentioned in the epic Mahabharata and in the Harivamsa Purana. It stretched along the banks of river Sindhu (Indus) in the ancient era in modern Pakistan.