Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Red and Red Hair in the Megalithic Empire

Came across a brief mention of red hair in 'The Megalithic Empire.' An excellent book that I'll be reviewing shortly on my other blog.
"Red dye, Kermes (Hermes) red or Carmine red, was made from the kermes beetle, a parasite of the holly oak (= kermes oak). Carmenta was a Roman goddess who had the remarkable, but in Megalithia all too common, dual role of being the patron saint of midwives and inventor of the Latin alphabet. There seems to have always been a widespread prejudice against red-haired wet nurses, underlining an association between carmine and witchery (as in charm and karma)."

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