Last update: 1998-05-01
Gregory Yefimovich Rasputin was a notorious intrigant at the
Russian tsarist court. A shameless and crafty manipulator, he extended
his influence to all levels of power. Passing as an Orthodox pope, he got
the nickname the holy devil....
Even a superficial Phrenological diagnosis
however will be sufficient to unmask the innate evil and the true personality
of this imposter....
The skull is ogival shaped, rather than dome-shaped: absence of higher
aspirations, low type. Whenever one comes into contact with individuals
displaying this cranial configuration, caution should be taken!
A wide ear axis (1) stands for a strong dynamic energy (Destructiveness),
which also is reflected in a strong vital energy. The tragical circumstances
of Rasputin's death illustrate this: after resisting a strong dose of poison,
he was shot several times by Prince Yussupov before being slain.
The front is wide and protruding (5): well developed Perceptive
faculties, practical mind limited to tangible reality.
The skull becomes narrower towards the top, faculties like Ideality
(2) and Spirituality (3) are notoriously
absent. Low type without noble aspirations.
The upper back of the head is extremely narrow: the faculties of
Conscientiousness and Cautiousness
will therefore be very weak. Thus: an audacious person, scrupless, without
The upper back of the head is very high (4): Self-esteem,
reinforced by a strong Firmness
The narrow and high back of the skull, as well as the wide ear axis
are an atavistic reminder to the skulls of pre-historic humanoids.
This Phrenological description was adapted from Prof.
Bouts' Psychognomy, with the kind permission of the author.