How Differences in the Cephalic Index May Indicate Different Ethnic Origins in Germany (Daffyd)(30 April, 2013, Iyar 20, 5773)
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Regarding the presence of Israel in Germany, you will find support for your position using the archeological tool used to determine racial origin, the Cephalic Index. The Cephalic Index is used by archeologists and anthropologists to classify racial origins of skeletal remains by the shape and proportions of the skull, that is the ratio of height to breadth of the skull. In a fifty year old unpublished Masters Degree thesis titled â€œKey to Northwest European Originsâ€ written by a Raymond McNair (London 1963) (link - Â http://www.giveshare.org/israel/key-to-northwest-european-origins.pdf) Â we read (p.21):
Â â€œProfessor Ripley, who was considered one of the worldâ€™s foremost authorities on â€œraceâ€, has some interesting remarks on this subject:
The shape of the human head - by which we mean the general proportions of length, breadth, and height, irrespective of the â€œbumps of the phrenologist â€“ is ONE of the best available tests of race knownâ€ (The Races of Europe, Chap. III, p. 37).
Â Ripley then shows that the best way to measure the head form is by using the â€œcephalic index.â€ He says:
This is simply the breadth of the head above the ears expressed in percentage of its length from forehead to back. Assuming that this length is 100, the width is expressed as a fraction of it. As the head becomes proportionately broader - that is, more fully rounded, viewed from the top down - this cephalic index increases. When it rises above 80, the head is called brachycephalic; when it falls below 75, the term dolichocephalic is applied to it. Indexes between 75 and 80 are characterized as mesocephalic. (ibid, p. 37).â€
Â The writer postulates that the Sacae (Saxons) did sojourn for some time in Germany, but then largely moved to western Europe, the British Isles and to Scandinavia. The Sacae were classified as dolichocephalic (long-headed) and archaeological studies reveal that they were present in Germany for some time, but were replaced by brachycephalic (broad-headed) and mesocephalic (round-headed) tribes who also moved into Germany after the Sacae migrations. He also finds that there are still some long-headed (Sacae) Germans living in Germany, though they are limited to the north-west corner of Germany. As one moves from north-west Germany heading south and east, the incidence of dolichocephalic shaped heads significantly decreases to a small minority, and the incidence of the broad-headed individuals predominates.
Â One interesting fact this writer mentions is that the â€œlong-headedâ€ people have any affinity to the sea which the brachycephalics donâ€™t possess. The writer quotes again from Professor Ripley (p. 89 of the above):
Â â€œYet there can be no doubt that certain aptitudes do belong to certain races and breed true from generation to generation. The flat occiput has never shown any aptitude for the sea. All the races which have commanded the sea â€“ the Portuguese, Spaniards, Dutch, Norwegians and British - have long heads with prominent occiputs. It is remarkable that even at the present day the German navy recruits its crews from the western shores, where a long-headed element still manages to survive (ibid., p. 720)â€
Â And so I would suggest that the Cephalic Index does support your position that the Israelites did sojourn in Germany for some time, but have now largely moved on. There remains a small minority of Israelites amongst the Germans, but apart from the north-western coastal area, they are not a significant minority.
Â My best wishes,