Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 22:08:45 -0500
From: James C Stalker stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Turkish Language - Melungeon que
In a November 12th edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal there is an
article on the Melungeons (a people of dark complexion and uncertain orgin
from the Tennesee-Kentucky-Virginia border) and it quotes Dr. Brent
Kennedy, author of THE MELUNGEONS, as saying that the word Melungeon "is
Turkish, meaning "Abandoned by God." "
Is there such an expression in Turkish, and how close is it to sounding
According to my Concise Turkish Dictionary, melekuttu means 'God's spiritual
dominion; creation.' In Turkish, it wouldn't sound much like 'melungeon.'
He also says that "gaumy" meand "messed up" in Turkish, and that "guamed
up" is an old expression in areas where the Melungeons live.
Gamli (no dot over the i) means 'sorrowful, grieved; anxious.' I guess one
could extend from there. I will seek further info.
stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu