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)."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Timur/Tamerlane had Red Hair

I'm currently reading Fomenko's 'Chronology IV' (history revisionism at its finest). In it he mentions that the famed ruler Timur, historically known as Tamerlane, had red hair. He quotes an eminent scientist named M. Gerasimov who examined the supposed corpse of Timur. He stated;
"Timur's hair is thick and long, reddish-grey in colour, dark brown and red being the dominating shades...Timur's beard had been short and thick. It's hairs are rough, almost straight, and rather thick; their colour is red, with a great deal of grey."
Apparently historical sources describe Timur as red-haired as well, but this had been thought incorrect as Timur is generally believed to have been Oriental/Mongolian. Incidentally Fomenko contests this, believing him to be European.

Now I'm going to read Christopher Marlowe's play 'Tamburlaine the Great' to see if red hair pops up in that. I've been meaning to read it for a while now but have never gotten round to it. This has inspired me.