The Origins of the Changos
Dumitru Martinas, Vasile M. Ungureanu
The term Chango (CsÁngÓ) is the name of a population whose ethnic origin has been the subject of much controversy. The term originates from the Magyar language in which it means "mixed" or "impure." Most Changos live on the territory of Romania, the largest number in Moldavia. Many are bilingual, speaking Romanian and Magyar, and their religion is Catholic. This book makes an important contribution to the scholarly discussion of the origin of the Changos and sheds new light on the history of this little known, but fascinating people.
The only work on the subject written by a Chango scholar, this book disputes the theory that the Changos are of Magyar origin, a theory based, to a large extent, upon their Catholicism, demonstrating that they are, in fact, of Romanian origin.
The author, Dumitru Martina?, was born to a Chango family in Romania. He dedicated his life to the study of the origins of the population to which he belonged.