January 25, 2015

Les origines de la beauté

This seems like a very interesting project that has an associated Youtube channel. Old works of physical anthropology often included galleries of physical types of different ethnic and racial groups, and for many people this would have been one of the few opportunities to see people much different than themselves. It is nice to see modern technology being used to preserve a snapshot of the appearance of (admittedly not-average) examples of living ethnic groups. Of course, this is not a problem for the more populous or culturally prominent ethnic groups of the world, but when was the last time you saw what a Kalmyk, Uyghur, KyrghyzAltaian, Bashkir, or Lezgin looked like? (There seem to be English, French, and Russian versions of some of these materials).

6 comments:

Marnie said...

It there a version of this for men?

Nirjhar007 said...

5th Column 3rd row most beautiful:).

Roy King said...

This is a lovely video that appeals directly to the emotional/limbic/aesthetic centers of the mind, bypassing words! Convinces me of the virtues of a universalist or cosmopolitan perspective on the human condition. But I agree with the previous comment that the video is strongly gender biased and could be construed as pandering to the male gaze in the jargon of post-modernist feminism.

Justin said...

I see a lot of women with make-up. that's nonsense.
















Strandloper said...

Close Nirjhar, but I think it's the 8th column 2 row. :)

Nirjhar007 said...

'' I think it's the 8th column 2 row. :)''
Her eyes are not that pretty:).