- red haired people don't expect their offspring to inherit red hair , red hair is one of the least heritable traits out there. They certainly wouldn't be shocked over it , unless the individual is a lunatic , because it make no sense for anyone to even want their son to inherit their red hair that badly.
- Genghis fathered more children than any other individual in history. Thus , if he had red hair , he would have known that red hair isn't inherited easily. Thus he wouldn't have expected his son Kublai to have inherited his red hair ; this is in direct contradiction to what Rashid Aldin claimed to have happened - that Genghis was shocked that his son Kublai didn't inherit his red hair.
- Genghis being " shocked " seems out of character for a man of his stature. Genghis drew upon his information masterfully , so it matters little whether he had red hair or not , the bottom line is that he wouldn't have been overwhelmed by a matter so trivial and obvious as that of red hair.
(argument taken from wikipedia discussion page on genghis khan)
So it matters very little whether Rashid Aldin claimed that Genghis' ancestors were glittering or whether Genghis was shocked that his son Kublai didn't inherit his red hair ... because none of it happened , Rashid Aldin was writing in an epic manner , a fact which is obvious when his statements don't fit the standards of something that was meant to be taken literally. Genghis was not shocked , and his ancestors were not actually " glittering " .
I'm a new member here , joined the forums in order to immerse myself a bit more into other perspectives besides the ones that they tell us here , the other side of the world ... US. I'm not chinese , not asian either , we'll leave it at that to minimize the bias that can be deemed on my writings here. Glad to be on the forums
Edited by pseudoasiatic, 25 December 2010 - 08:03 PM.