Aside from the blood groups A, B, AB and O, there is also a blood antigen of which many people may not be aware. The Rhesus antigen, or Rh for short, is named for the monkey that was used in the past in blood tests to determine if there would be adverse reactions before a blood transfusion was carried out. The majority of the population worldwide possesses Rh-positive blood. This is not an issue most of the time.
However, blood tests are advised for Rh negative women who intend to have a baby. There is a chance that she may carry an Rh-positive baby, which can induce an initial immune reaction in the mother. While this may have no effect on the first baby, subsequent Rh-positive babies may be considered a foreign, and harmful, agent by the mother’s Rh negative antibodies. This is one of the reasons a miscarriage occurs.
The origin of Rh negative blood is steeped in the supernatural and mysticism. Some devout Christians are of the opinion that this unusual blood antigen, which is only found in approximately 7% of the population, originated from angels. Based on quotes from the Bible, it has been claimed that this blood antigen came about when Watcher angels laid with ‘daughters of Eve’, or human women. These angels are described in the book of Enoch and Genesis.
This took place before the Great Flood, and the children produced from such unions were called ‘nephilim’. The nephilim had descendants who survived the flood, namely Enoch, Noah and a number of other survivors. There are no accounts of Rh negative women, however. According to studies, the blood of Jesus Christ is also Rh negative, lending support to the nephilim idea and that certain quarters of mankind are descended from angels.
Another and more earthly reason for the origin of Rh negative blood is related to the Basque people. This group possesses the highest percentage of such blood compared to other populations. It is hypothesized the Basque themselves count Neanderthals as their predominant ancestors. This means that Neanderthals may be the true originators of this blood antigen.