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Red-Hair, a Dare!

Human red-heads and blondes are a rare recessive gene creation or gift!
photo by author

We all know a unique red-haired individual at work or in our family or community and one can dare readers to email or send them this article.

Every “Ginger” or “fire headed” person one meets seems to be special and this fact apparently is not only because of the latent red-hair.

According to The Myths and History of Red Hair:

In spite of its rarity red hair is a physical trait that appears in many places around the world. It is most prevalent in Scotland where approximately 13% of the population have red hair, followed by Ireland with 10%. Although it is most associated with Britain and Europe, it also appears sporadically throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”

One really ignorant person believed the red-hair person was different; as he or she took lots of blood from their brain & body to make the red hair? This is not true. It is simply gene trait.

The cover photo shows a mild-mannered, rare blonde & red-haired pet dog named “Bear” that likes to maul stuffed University of Oregon symbol ducks? Go Beavers! He reminded the author of a native red-fox since birth.

Actually, both blonde and red-hair in human individuals is a rare recessive gene or it takes two blonde adults to create another blonde child. However, the rarer red-hair gene can skip a generation or two! It apparently has a mind of its own.

The author knew two red-head friends hoping to naturally create a red-hair baby; but they were sadly disappointed. Maybe God himself decides who will be strong enough to carry on the red-hair legacy.

We all are blessed to know a red-head today; historically this trait has been a curse as some really ignorant, Middle Ages, human societies or communities tried to kill all “RUDDY” to prevent them from becoming werewolves or witches????

We all know Idiots and A-holes; but have you ever met a werewolf?

rud•dy [ruhd-ee]

1 of or having a fresh, healthy red color: a ruddy complexion.

2 .red or reddish hair.

3 .British Slang. damned: a ruddy fool.

adv , — adj

. (intensifier) ‘bloody; damned: a ruddy fool


British Slang.damned: “He'd ruddy well better be there.

Origin: before 1100; Middle English rudi, Old English rudig , from rudu redness (see rudd ); related to Old High German rot red 1 , Swedish rod , Old Norse rythga, to make rusty.

Word Literature History

O.E. rudig, probably from rudu "redness," related to read "red" (seered). As a British slang euphemism for bloody (q.v.), first recorded1914.”

In the historic past, Readers, the ruddy human has had a challenging life being noticeably different and special; these marked souls have not had often had a simple or blessed life.

Irish Pubs all across America should now celebrate and honor the Remaining redheads around us every Wednesday night. In full disclose, the author has blonde hair (sun bleach) in summer and brown hair come winter; so this red hair honor has no benefit to him.

Further, it seems every decade the modern, scientifically illiterate mass media circulates other popular stories about the extinction of the fair hair or red-hair look in humanity; but there is NO basis of fact to these fictional, pure, headline grabbing stories. Humanity’s gene pool is huge today and it does only takes two special hair gene carriers to bring back the natural Blonde or fiery red fashion statement.

Red hair is actually caused by a mutation in the MC1R gene. It's also a recessive trait, so it takes both parents passing on a mutated version of the MC1R gene to produce a redheaded child. But because it's a very recessive trait, red hair can easily skip a generation.

Apparently, European DNA scientists are studying the red-hair gene.

The Genetic Causes, Ethnic Origins And History Of Red Hair

Mediterranean people have considerably darker pigmentations (higher eumelanin), especially as far as hair is considered, giving the red hair alleles little opportunity to express themselves.

The reddish tinge is always concealed by black hair, and rarely visible in dark brown hair. Rufosity being recessive, it can easily stay hidden if the alleles are too dispersed in the gene pool, and that the chances of both parents carrying an allele becomes too low.

Furthermore, natural selection also progressively pruned red hair from the Mediterranean populations, because the higher amount of sunlight and strong UV rays in the region was more likely to cause potentially fatal melanoma in fair-skinned redheads.”

Even Nature seems to be out to get the redheads?

Note: Lincoln City and Salem in Oregon is setting along the 45th parallel or half way between the North Pole and the tropical center line of Earth maps.

‘The 45th parallel north, running through central France, northern Italy and Croatia, appears to be a major natural boundary for red hair frequencies. Under the 45th parallel, the UV rays become so strong that it is no longer an advantage to have red hair and very fair skin. Under the 41th parallel, redheads become extremely rare, even in high R1b areas.

The 45th parallel is also the traditional boundary between northern European cultures, where cuisine is butter-based, and southern European cultures, preferring olive oil for cooking.”

Scientifically speaking, red-heads are undoubtedly a unique aspect species of humans off by themselves genetically.

Red hair is a recessive genetic trait caused by a series of mutations in the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), a gene located on chromosome 16. As a recessive trait it must be inherited from both parents to cause the hair to become red. Consequently there are far more people carrying the mutation for red hair than people actually having red hair.

In Scotland, approximately 13% of the population are redheads, although 40% carry at least one mutation.

There are many kinds of red hair, some fairer, or mixed with blond ('strawberry blond'), some darker, like auburn hair, which is brown hair with a reddish tint. This is because some people only carry one or a few of the several possible MC1R mutations. The lightness of the hair ultimately depends on other mutations regulating the general pigmentation of both the skin and hair.

Red Hair Facts

Skin and hair pigmentation is caused by two different kinds of melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin. The most common is eumelanin, a brown-black polymer responsible for dark hair and skin, and the tanning of light skin. Pheomelanin has a pink to red hue and is present in lips, nipples, and genitals. The mutations in the MC1R gene impart the hair and skin more pheomelanin than eumelanin, causing both red hair and freckles.”

Latent red-hair genes can even be mix between families. The author tans outdoors like a Negro; but my younger brother Eric could not accompany us during outings or he would be seared outdoors all day by the sun? He must have been a closet redhead.

“Redheads have very fair skin, almost always lighter than non-redheads. This is an advantage in northern latitudes and very rainy countries, where sunlight is sparse, as lighter skin improves the absorption of sunlight, which is vital for the production of vitamin D by the body. The drawback is that it confers redheads a higher risk for both sunburns and skin cancer.

Studies have demonstrated that people with red hair are more sensitive to thermal pain and also require greater amounts of anesthetic than people with other hair colours. The reason is that redheads have a mutation in a hormone receptor that can apparently respond to at least two different hormones: the melanocyte-stimulating hormone (for pigmentation) and endorphins (the pain relieving hormone).

Folk wisdom has long described redheads as hot-tempered and short-tempered. If you did an autosomal DNA test (e.g. with 23andMe), you can check if you carry some of the MC1R mutations.”

Still redheads are not weak or runts; as they often take on challenges head on and often excel.

The Myths and History of Red Hair

“Throughout history there have been many strange beliefs and ideas about red hair.

In ancient Egypt red haired animals and people were associated with the god Set. The Egyptians also had many red haired pharaohs. However the Egyptians also regarded the colour red as unlucky and according to Claudie de Lys many red haired maidens were burnt to death to wipe out the tint. There are also stories of the Egyptians burying redheads alive!

The ancient Greeks also had myths about red hair, including the belief that redheads would turn into vampires following their death. Unflatteringly the Greek philosopher Aristotle described redheads as being emotionally un-housebroken. Another mention of red hair came from the famed historian Herodotus who described a red haired and blue/grey eyed tribe in his histories called the Budini.

The Romans also had something to say about redheads. The writer Tacitus mentioned the 'red hair and large limbs' of the ancient British tribes and the historian Dio Cassius described British warrior-queen Boudicca, as being 'tall and terrifying in appearance' and as having a 'great mass of red hair.' Incidentally the ancient Romans also paid a premium for red haired slaves.”

Apparently, being marked with a red hair from birth is both a special blessing and a curse? Most of us do not know what it is like to innocently stand out from birth as odd or different.

“Red hair also gets a mention in the Bible. The word Adam is supposedly the Hebrew word for 'red' or 'ruddy', and King David also apparently had red hair. Also Judas and Mary Magdalene are often portrayed as being redheaded. Some people even believe the 'mark of Cain' to actually be red hair.

As well as the Bible there are also many myths about red hair in European history. In the Middle Ages, for example, red was seen as the colour of the Devil, and it was thought that a child born with red hair was conceived during menstruation.

In Eastern Europe, however, things were much worse for redheads. According to Montague Summers red hair and green eyes were said to be the sign of a witch, werewolf or vampire. There are also tales of red haired children being killed at birth due to similar thinking.”
However, having red hair does not mean one is handicapped in any way!

“There have also been many kings and leaders throughout European history that have had red hair. In fact there is a British legend that states that King Arthur had red hair and that in times of trouble a red haired leader would come to lead the country.

Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth I (both redheads) are said to be fulfilments of this legend. To Roman soldiers, the Merovingians of ancient Gaul also had red hair, and this was thought to imbue them with magical powers.”

History readers may recall “Eric the Red” was one of the most famous Viking explorers discovering Greenland and the New World; way before Columbus was even born.

Here is a great family website of “Enchanted Learning”:

Eric the Red (950?-1003 or 1004?) was a Viking explorer who was the first European in Greenland. He sailed from Iceland in 982 and led a group of colonists to Greenland in 986.

Eric the Red (also called Erik Thorvaldson, Eirik Raude, or Eirik Torvaldsson) was born in Norway, but his family settled in western Iceland, after his father, Thorvald Asvaldsson, was banished for murdering a man. Eric later killed two men in Iceland and was banished from Iceland for three years.”

Still the Norse Vikings of old must have had something to do with creating more redheads in Scotland and Ireland.

Southwest Norway may well be the clue to the origin of red hair. It has been discovered recently, thanks to genetic genealogy, that the higher incidence of both dark hair and red hair (as opposed to blond) in southwest Norway coincided with a higher percentage of the paternal lineage known as haplogroup R1b-L21, including its subclade R1b-M222, typical of northwestern Ireland and Scotland (the so-called lineage of Niall of the Nine Hostages). It is now almost certain that native Irish and Scottish Celts were taken (probably as slaves) to southwest Norway by the Vikings, and that they increased the frequency of red hair there.”

However, only one human culture seems to have mastered the creation of an all redhead community – The Holy Bible first mentioned the predominantly red hair Samaritans.

Luke 10

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Let us look at some modern research about the Samaritans today.

The Myths-and-History-of-Red-Hair:

It is very rare to find a people group with a lot of blonde and a lot of red hair together….. The Samaritan redhead mystery is my favorite.

The Samaritans are mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible, as they were originally Jews - but worshipped other Gods. Then Persians got them to inter marry with Assyrians then later they formed their own form of Judaism….

They only bred with each other which cause a lot of sickness there are only about 700 left…. There have been DNA tests on every single Samaritan alone; and not one had a single drop of European blood. They were typical people from the Syria - Palestine area. Then I saw pictures of them during Passover and many looked very European; it seemed like more were pale skinned like Europeans than brown skinned. On the news they also showed a little Samaritan boy with red hair and freckles and said that red hair is popular and possible for them since they do not inter marry.”

In closing pat the neighboring red head gently on the back and say “Hello”. Currently, TV Mentor Oprah is promoting humans saying “Hello” during meetings. She thinks every human needs to feel welcome and respected for making it this far in their life -challenges!

Think of red hair today as a proud ancient symbol of the Bible’s benevolent Samaritans!

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