होम Notes and Queries Folk-lore: Red hair

Folk-lore: Red hair

यह पुस्तक आपको कितनी अच्छी लगी?
फ़ाइल की गुणवत्ता क्या है?
पुस्तक की गुणवत्ता का मूल्यांकन करने के लिए यह पुस्तक डाउनलोड करें
डाउनलोड की गई फ़ाइलों की गुणवत्ता क्या है?
Notes and Queries
September, 1916
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अपनी समीक्षा पोस्ट करने के लिए साइन इन करें या साइन अप करें
आप पुस्तक समीक्षा लिख सकते हैं और अपना अनुभव साझा कर सकते हैं. पढ़ूी हुई पुस्तकों के बारे में आपकी राय जानने में अन्य पाठकों को दिलचस्पी होगी. भले ही आपको किताब पसंद हो या न हो, अगर आप इसके बारे में ईमानदारी से और विस्तार से बताएँगे, तो लोग अपने लिए नई रुचिकर पुस्तकें खोज पाएँगे.

Watch House, Ewell, Surrey

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Did not the prejudice against red hair
FOLK-LOBE : R E D HAIR (12 S. ii. 128).—
Red is a magic colour : Cain was anciently arise from the fact that evil personages were
represented with red hair, and Judas Is- formerly depicted with yellowish-red hair—
cariot (whatever that surname may mean) representing scarlet, the colour of sin
was always portrayed upon ancient tapestries (Isa. i. 18) ? A Cain-coloured beard is menand in old paintings with a red, or yellowish- tioned in ' The Merry Wives of Windsor,'
red, beard, and hair. Thus I saw him I. iv., and there is reference to Judas's hairrepresented in the Ober-Ammergau Passion in ' As You Like It,' I I I . iv. Some years
ago I knew a red-haired and bearded
Play of 1890.
RoHalind. His very hair is of the dissemblingLancashire policeman who was commonly
known as " Red Judas," though, as far as
Celia. Something browner than Judas's: marry, I am aware, there was nothing against thehis kisses are Judas's own children.
man except the pronounced colour of his
Rosalind. I* faith,1 his hair is of a good colour. hair, and maybe his profession, to account
As You Like It,' III. i v. 7.
Firxt Puritan. Sure that was Judas then with thefor his sobriquet.
red beard.
The origin of the prejudice against red

Second Puritan
Red hair,
The brethren like it not, it consumes them much : hair, according to Gerald Massey's ' Ancient
Egypt' (Sign Language and Mythology V
'Tis not the sisters' colour.
Middleton's ' A Chaste Maid in Cheapside,' dates from the conception of the evil deity
III. ii. 43-7.
Sut or Typhon in the Egyptian mythology..
And Corporal Judas (sic) is spoken of as :— He was depicted as red, yellowish, or sandy,,
That hungry fellow
because he was the representative of theWith the red beard there.
desert, the cause of drought and ; thirst,
Beaumont and Fletcher's ' Bonduca,' II. iii. Massey quotes Plutarch as saying that at
Worse than the poison of a red-hair'd man.
certain festivals they (the Egyptians)
Chapman's 'Bussy d'Ambois,' III. i. " abuse red-headed men." Judas was always
" Ho has made me smell for all the world like a
flax, or a red-headed woman's chamber."—Maesinger figured as red-headed, and, down to the time
of Garrick, Shylock was always played in a
and Field's 'fatal Dowry,' IV. i.
" I t is observed, that the Red-haired of both red wig.
Sexes are more libidinous and mischievous than Newton-le-Willows.
the rest."—Swift's 'Gulliver,'IV. viii.
The prejudice against red and fair-haired
The French, or some of them, say that a persons
as unreliable and unstable in disred man commands the elements, and position
is fairly widespread over the British
wrecks off the coast of Brittany those whom Isles. Experience
shows that, while therehe dooms to death. He is fabled to have is some basis for the
belief, it is unwise to
appeared to Napoleon and foretold his dogmatize, for dark-complexioned
folk ar&
downfall. William II., that unpleasant sometimes equally unreliable. The
bachelor, was nicknamed Rufus from his judice is of somewhat modern growth,prefor
ruddy countenance (cf. David), and not, Queen Elizabeth's ruddy locks caused that
apparently, from his hair, which was colour, in her day, to be the fashionable tint,
and the prejudice then was against dark hair*
The strong antipathy to people with red
hair originated, according to some antiThere is a Magyar saying to the effect
queries, in a tradition that Judas had hair of that
this colour. It is supposed that the passions
A red dog, a red horse,
of such persons are more intense than those
A red man : none of them good.
whoso hair is of a different colour. It has
al<o been conjectured that the odium took I do not think there is any objection to e>
its ri-e from the aversion to the red-haired red-haired woman in Hungary. L. L. K.
Dane* and Scots. Or the colour was con- There is also an idea that red-haired people
sidered ugly and unfashionable, and on this and chestnut horses are constitutionally
account a person with red hair would soon hot-tempered. Several of my ecquaintances,
be regarded with contempt. Red-haired judging by their own experience, consider
children are supposed to indicate infidelity this belief well founded. If I recollect
on the part of the mother ; they are conse- rightly, red-haired people are unpopular in
quently looked upon as unlucky, and are French folk-lore. Was not the evil god of
nut v.rnted in a neighbour's house on the ancient Etrypt red-haired ': Loki, the mocker
morning of a Xew Year's Day.
and promoter of evil in the ancient Scandinavian mythology, on one occasion changed