Country: India   /   Village: Jaisalmer
Ethnic Group: Bopa   /   Feature: Music & Dance

A Bopa gypsy man dyes his mustache black using a small pocket mirror and some shoe polish as he sits by the campfire.
Bopa men are easily recognized. They wear long mustaches which they like to dye pitch black They also like to use wax to curl them up and around.
The Bopa Gypsy people of Rajasthan follow the path of their ancestors. All of them still make their livelihood from music and chants they perform for small monetary donations. Bopa people establish their camps on the outskirts of towns. They travel to Indian fairs and festivals in the hopes of finding enthusiasts of their musical ballads.

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