Saintes Maries de la Mer
A small village in the Camargue, France, on the shores of
the Mediterranean, where every year, about the 24th and 25th
of May, gypsies congregate to celebrate the feast day of their
patron saint Sara. Sara, seemingly a survival of the Indian deity
Kali, has been tied to Christian folklore in a story of the three
Marys of the Christian New Testament traveling to France.
Upon their arrival they were met and assisted by Sara. Like
Kali, Sara is pictured with black skin. The Gypsies gather to
keep a vigil before the statue that has been set up in the basement
of the church.
Sources
Clébert, Jean-Paul. The Gypsies. Hammondsworth, UK Penguin
Books, 1967.