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I took the field against the Noba when the people of Noba revolted and did violence to the Mangurto; Hasa and Barya, and the Black Noba waged war on the Red Noba. I fought on the Takkaze [Atbara] at the ford of Kemalke. They fled, and I pursued the fugitives twenty-three days slaying them and capturing others and taking plunder; I burnt their towns, and seized their corn and their bronze and the dried meat and the images in their temples and destroyed the stocks of corn and cotton; and the enemy plunged into the river Seda [Blue Nile]. I arrived at the Kasu [Kush], slaying them and taking others prisoner at the junction of the rivers Seda and Takkaze. I dispatched troops up the Seda against their towns of Alwa and Daro; they slew and took prisoners and threw them into the water and they returned safe and sound. And I sent the troops down the Seda against the towns of straw of the Noba and Negues; the towns of masonry of the Kasu which the Noba had taken were Tabito, Fertoti; and they arrived at the territory of the Red Noba, and my people returned safe and sound after they had taken prisoners and slain others and had seized their plunder.10
"It is a fact that in this country when a child is born they anoint him once a week with oil of sesame, and this makes him grow much darker than when he was born. For I assure you that the darkest man is here the most highly esteemed and considered better than those who are not so dark. Let me add that in very truth these people portray and depict their gods and idols black and their devils white as snow. For they say that God and all the saints are black and the devils are all white..." Marco Polo.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
Maybe they were trying to look like the "gods"? At least I know some darker skinned cultures had white skinned gods. Not sure about the Egyptians though. Well, anyway, this is only one example, so, we can't really make any assumptions from it about the Egyptian culture as a whole, or any subcultures, castes, or whatnot. Since she was mummified, we can assume she was a "noble" class citizen though, correct?
But we have not seen this before in any other mummies. Maybe, like Moses, she came from outside Egypt, and somehow made her way into the upper class, taking her skin whitening custom with her from wherever she came from, or she used it to fit in better with the other Egyptians, since, perhaps, she was noticeably darker?
All over the world, there is a sexual preference among men for fairer-skinned women. It has, as far as we can tell, persisted throughout history. That is why, regardless of race, women have fairer skins than men. It is the result of sexual selection.
Don’t ask me why.
Although male expectations might have perpetuated cosmetics for women, I wonder if it was women who began the custom? After all, the rouged lips and emphasised eyes would have elevated one woman over another as a mate. I suppose it's been akin to a genetic waltz through time with either gender being propelled by culture and selection.
I dig the reference to the book. It hadn't struck me before how voiceless women are in there.[b/]
Sigh, everyone knows the six-fingered (extra for her pleasure) Anu-nooki were from a planet farther away from their star and thus pale, hence all lesser ape-men and woman strove to emulate that "master" race by whitening themselves.
the cultural impetus for women to be shaven and wearing make-up.
I realise it's an extension of sexual dimorphism and that it's probably ingrained from paternalistic societies.
The assumption that sexual differentiation is ‘cultural’ rather than instinctive is a very shaky one. Paternalism notwithstanding.