Genetics has brought about a new and profound understanding of the relationships between the peoples of the world. Many ancestral traits can be traced back throughout the ages by means of studying the human genome and its variance amongst populations. Diseases specific to certain cultural groups are a very good indicator of lineage. Many blood lines can be traced back up their respective family trees by examination of the common diseases within these groups. A good example of this is haemophilia. Another good example is Dupuytren’s contracture.
[Also known as ‘Viking’s disease’ or ‘Celtic hand’ or ‘claw hand’ or ‘morbus Dupuytren,’] “Dupuytren’s disease (DD) is an ancient affliction of unknown origin. It is defined by Dorland as shortening, thickening, and fibrosis of the palmar fascia producing a flexion deformity of a finger. Tradition has it that the disease originated with the Vikings, who spread it throughout Northern Europe and beyond as they traveled and intermarried. After being present for hundreds of years, DD was named in the 19th century after a famous French surgeon, who was not the first to describe it.
While there seems to be a link to people with Northern heritage the theory that Dupuytren’s contracture is a Viking or Celtic disease is probably wrong (see also R. McFarlane “On the origin and spread of Dupuytren’s disease” J. Hand Surg. (Am) 27 (2002) p385-390 link_abstract). The earliest reported case of Dupuytren’s disease is an Egyptian mummy dating back 3000 years (full_text_Spanish).”
A good picture of the mummy’s hand can be found here.
Dupuytren’s contracture seen in Egyptian mummy. (page 100, fig 6 F-G).
Here, we have established a possible genetic link from ancient Egypt across the Mediterranean through to Scandinavia and into northern Europe. How is this possible? The explanation may lie with the forgotten tribe, the thirteenth tribe of Israel, the tribe of Dan. More on this later.