In Gypsy mythology
baked the first men
in an oven. Some, however, were kept too long in the oven and they turned out dark: the black race
. The second time God opened the oven door too soon and the baking was not quite ready: the white race
. The third time God produced images baked properly to the right color: the Indians
, ancestors of the Gypsies.
Wedwick, H.E., Dictionary of Gypsy Life and Lore. New York, Philisophical Library, Inc. 1973