Post by Frank R.A.J. Maloney Post by John Dean Post by email@example.com
In 'Lawrence of Arabia' there was a scene where Peter O'Toole ventures
into the Turkish held town. Jose Ferrer is the Turkish Bey who
interrogates Peter O'Toole. Ferrer dismisses O'Toole's blond looks by
remarking that he (O'Toole) was a '- - - - - '. I think Ferrer used
the tribal area of 'Essan' or 'Ossian' or something like that
reflecting on the Arabic area that could hold such Nordic-like
features. Anyone know the term he used?
The Circassians are a Caucasian people, that is, from the area of the
Caucasus Mountains. They have a reputation of being wild and fierce,
legendary horsemen. My favorite Russian teacher used to go off into long
digressions about his "Circassian lover", but his voice always trailed off
as he got to the good stuff.
A quick google reveals that "Circassian Beauties" were a mainstay of 19th
century sideshows and the like:
Here's Barnum's Zalumma Agra, the Star of the East, whom Barnum called "the
purest example of the white race":Loading Image...
Dig the 'fro!
And here's the New York Daily Times of 6 August, 1856, wringing its hands over
white slavery and Turkish harems and all that sort of thing: