[b-hebrew] Horse and Rider and britches.

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Mar 30 02:56:33 EST 2004

Dear Liz:

Thank you for an entertaining few 
hours. It was like a vacation.

>From looking at returns from a Google 
search for “trousers history ancient” I 
came up with information that trousers 
were known as far west as Denmark and 
as far east as China during the bronze 
age, probably invented on the steppes 
of central Europe around 6000 years 
ago. (As far as I can tell, trouser 
wearing in Denmark was not connected 
with a horse riding culture.)


The question becomes, were the trousers 
mentioned in Exodus the fully sewn 
trousers as known above, or were these 
merely a long strip of cloth wrapped 
around the loins into trousers as is 
practiced in India even today?

Karl W. Randolph.

Ps. I take that date above with a big 
grain of salt     ;-)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisbeth S. Fried" <lizfried at umich.edu>

> While we're on this subject. Does anyone know about the date and origin
> of pants, britches? I had heard that the term in Exodus is anachronistic
> because no one wore pants until they started riding horses, and that
> they were initiated by the Medes in 800 or later.
> Whence pants?
> Liz Fried
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