By: Samantha Priestley

Su·per·nat·u·ral definition: Manifestations or events considered to be of supernatural origin, such as ghosts. Unnaturally or extraordinarily great.

Most redheads will have to put up with teasing at some point in their lives. Some will suffer from bullying due to their beautiful blazing hair, but how about being persecuted because you’re thought to be a ‘supernatural being’?

The idea that redheads are vampires, have no soul, and practice witchcraft are only used as jokes today (thankfully), but once these things were believed to be true and treated very seriously.

1. The Ancient Greeks were positive redheads became vampires when they died

They burned their bodies to stop them from rising from the grave. We can only imagine the fear and hysteria surrounding redheads at the time. It couldn’t have been much fun to be ginger.. and Greek.

2. Many European counties accused redheads of being witches

…and a red haired woman would be the first in the community to be suspected and tried for witchcraft. It’s hard to imagine what that must have been like. There’s not much we can do about our hair color, but redheads were marked women from birth.

3. Many thought Judas was a redhead

Interestingly, #1 and #2 are both tied to this idea. It might sound ludicrous now, but reports that the man who supposedly betrayed Jesus was a redhead was passed down through the years. Many people became suspicious of redheads. There’s even a story that Judas was the original vampire.

4. Times have changed, but we are still teased due to being ‘vampire-like’

We’re no longer drowned as witches or burned, but a general suspicion of our pale skin and unusual hair remains. We are still teased and still joked about as being supernatural.. or able to curse and cast spells.

5. Do we mind? No!

I think, actually, most of us like it. Not to take away from the way our redhead ancestors certainly suffered, but history has proven how different we are. How unusual we are. How powerful we are!

The minority are always treated with suspicion. And in most places in the world, redheads are the minority. And, that’s why we were considered witches and vampires in the first place.

We’ve weathered centuries of accusations and injustices, and we’ve come out of it more confident, more self-assured, and more unstoppable!

Basically, you can’t keep us down.

So, to honor all the redheads who were feared as blood-sucking monsters and cunning witches, take it and own it. After all, who doesn’t want to be the ones who get to live forever and perform magic?

Rock it like a Redhead!