Redheads in the Middle Ages

Redheads in the Middle Ages

The redheaded men and women, that is to say, with a copper hue in his hair, according to the latest studies, it is 4% with respect to the world population, Scotland being the country where the rate is highest (10%) followed by Finland.


The appearance of phenotyperedhead”Is not something simple because it is a recessive expression.

This means, expressed in an excessively crude way, that any dominant phenotype, such as the dark color of the hair, makes it impossible for that reddish hue to be produced, therefore, the combination of both recessive alleles is necessary for the copper color express himself.

The reddish hair color is also usually associated with light eyes, commonly green, in those with said pigmentation.

However, the majority of the red-haired population has brown eyes, requiring a different recessive expression to achieve this effect.

So, if it is strange to meet people with red hair, doing it with those who also have light eyes is even more complicated.

It is true, however, that in Finland and Scotland this is simpler, but can be explained by the fact that recessive alleles are abundant in the population in these regions.

The "rarity”Or the infrequency with which certain populations have encountered redheads is what has caused this animosity towards these people throughout history.

The human being has frequently rejected what is simply "different" from the common.

I still remember how at school my classmates made fun of a green-eyed redhead named Sofía, simply because she was different, because of her striking hair color.

The truth is that I was always seduced by that difference, but here is a mere example of the reason for mania and chase of redheads in times past.

That strange, strange, inexplicable thing has always aroused attitudes of contempt and even phobia in the human being.

The example of the children cited above shows this, since they are the most sincere with their feelings, still removed from certain conventions and social facades.

Redheads in the Middle Ages

In earlier times like the middle ages, Season of strong contrasts and excess of ignorance, the different was terrifying, abnormal, and therefore went against nature. Against divine designs and therefore diabolical.

The redheads were therefore branded as vile, fruit of dirty unions (often with succubi and incubi), of witches and practitioners of the dark arts, being executed at public bonfires at different times and places.

The striking red was identified with fire, and this one with evil, with hell. To this we must add that there were people who were attracted to these men and women, being that one “evidenceMore of the seductive power of evil.

Another detail added to this injustice is found in the Jewish mythological folklore. Christianity was originally formed as a sect of Judaism, and from it it absorbed much of its tradition.

Lilith, Adam's first wife

In her, Lilith, Adam's first wife (before Eve) left Eden on her own initiative and settled by the Red Sea, joining there with Asmodeus and with other demons, thus becoming his concubine.

Christian tradition decided to omit these lines but they were always present in the conclaves. I forgot to quote that Lilith was characterized by being ... yes, redhead.

Fortunately we are in a more civilized age, at least in some respects, and such absurd taboos have been banished.

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