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Re: orion-list Essene Garments

I am not aware of any early depictions of "Essenes," either, but
stripes did (and still do) indicate class/rank. Stripes of class and
standing within that class date back to Sumer. The symbol for a "princess"
was a digraph composed of the symbol for a bolt of cloth with the symbol
for a women resting on it. The bolt has two stripes. A king would have
three. The clothing of an heir to leadership would also have stripes.
(Don't forget, Caesar wore the broadest purple stripe in Rome...)

By the fourteenth century CE, three stripes would stand for a Master; two
for a journeyman, one for a senior apprentice; no stripes for a novice. So,
whatever Medieval or Renaissance illustration is meant, the three stripes
on cuff and hem indicate "Master at Law"...


Dr. Rochelle I. Altman, co-coordinator IOUDAIOS-L  risa@hol.gr

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