So what did the Etruscan People look like?

Here are a coupe of paintings which show how the Etruscan people would have looked in their time.


You can see from the paintings that they were very dark skinned people as Italians, and they often wore loose fitting, draping style clothing.

Etruskischer_Meister_002.jpg  2024×1486The paintings also reflect their connection with each other as well as skill sets that various people possessed.

Being with each other, with the land and with themselves.


Brief Intro into Etruscans

Etruscan civilization is the current name given to a past civilization of Italy in the areas of Tuscany, West Umbria, and north Lazio. The Romans in this time called its makers the Tusci or Etrusci.

In Greek, the Etruscans were known as Τυρρηνοὶ. This is where the Romans derived addition names of their ancient times. The Etruscans effectively called themselves Rasenna, eventually modified to Rasna.

This civilization had a very unique language and they were often distinguished by this language. The earliest inscriptions was the beginning of their known existence and lasted until its assimilation into the Republic of Rome in the late BC 4th century.

During the groundwork period of Rome and Rome’s kingdom. The estrucans flourished at maximum capacity in 3 areas of cities. They were: Etruria, Latium and Campania.

Their unique culture developed in Italy around 800 BC and was formed shortly after the Iron Age Villanovan culture. Several centuries later the Etruscan culture was shifted out from some new influences in the area: Hellenic, Magna Graecian, and Phoenician.

By the time it was 600 BC the political destiny fell out of the Etruscan control, for new political influence had formed and Italy was in their hands instead.

Using their hands to heal… healing hands.

It is said that the Etruscan people were extremely useful with their hands in healing ailments, and injuries in the body. The people were considered to have “healing hands”

Their teachings in their culture had them learn, use and develop their skills with their hands in order to heal themselves and others. In essence they had developed their own remedial massage practice that allowed such ability.

With their unique culture and language in the ancient Rome times it was a vital skill that these people had developed. Sore backs, bones, bodies and other things were said to all be healed, with post treatment actually providing their people with greater strength, flexibility and mobility than ever before.

It is unknown precisely as to which modern remedial massage techniques are replications/interpretations of their styles. However, it is under the impression that their techniques were similar to that and combining of bowen therapy, reiki, deep tissue and chakra alignment. (follow the link above to obtain a sense of some of these practices)

With the Etruscan people and their culture dwindling by 500 BC their methodology and healing practice was lost in time, as the blood line thinned and the same level of practice and development of their healing hands faded.

It is a real shame, for their skills and knowledge of the body and of healing would have played a massive role in history should had they continued their presence in the world or at least in Italy.

I guess however that even the most healing of hands and special touches can not overrule politics and influential cultures in the areas