"Red hair is also fairly common amongst the Ashkenazi Jewish populations, possibly because of the influx of European DNA over a period of centuries. In European culture, prior to the 20th century, red hair was often seen as a stereotypically Jewish trait: during the Spanish Inquisition, all those with red hair were identified as Jewish. In Italy, red hair was associated with Italian Jews, and Judas was traditionally depicted as red-haired in Italian and Spanish art."Then also this article that suggests there's a link between red hair and the 45th parallel. It's a good piece and basically points out that beneath the 45th parallel it becomes disadvantageous to have red hair because of the increased amount of sunlight. Food for thought.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Red Hair, Jewishness and the 45th Parallel
I've came across a few little curios regarding the rouge tint recently. Firstly this on Wikipedia;