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Primitive healers, interior designers, fashionistas and scientists have long been aware of the power of color.

There is some overlap between secular and religious interpretations of color symbolism, but color has always played a part in religion.  

 

Color Groups 

Some societies see a meaning in the use of multiple colors with each contributing to the whole picture of life.

Black, white, red, yellow, blue and green are the sacred colors of Buddhism.

Hindus celebrate Holi as the festival of colors.

The sacred colors of the Lakota tribe are red, white, yellow and black.

To the Navajo, white, blue yellow and black are the sacred colors.

 

WHITE

White symbolizes innocence and purity.  Western brides often wear white or a variation of white such as ivory or blush.

To the Cherokees, white evokes peace and happiness.

In China, white is the color of mourning.

The Roman Catholic Church uses white for joyful celebrations.

 

GOLD

Gold often stands for God's glory.

Buddhists use gold to indicate sacred fire.

Gold can be used to replace white, red or green in the vestments of a Roman Catholic priest.

 

YELLOW

Yellow represents joy.

Yellow is used to represent life and God's presence in Kente cloth of Africa.

Only the emperor of China, who was thought to link heaven and earth, was allowed to wear yellow.  An exception was made for Buddhist monks who still wear saffron yellow, which is also sacred to Hindus. 

 

GREEN

Green is the universal color of life and hope.

Dark green represents life in Buddhism.  Green Tara is youthful and vigorous.

Some Christian churches use green during the Trinity and Epiphany seasons.  It is the color of faith, the Trinity, and often the color of the legendary Holy Grail.

Green is the color of Irish Catholics.  It is worn by Roman Catholic priests after Epiphany and Pentecost.

 

BLUE

Blue often stands for spirituality, grace and truth.

Buddhist rosaries are sometimes made entirely of turquoise, which represents long life and is a color of the goddess Tara.  Turquoise also has special meaning for Native Americans of the Southwest as it did for the Persians and ancient Egyptians.

The Blue Buddha is associated with healing.

Blue is the Cherokee color for trouble.

In Chinese and in Jewish symbolism, blue has always represents heaven, possibly because our ancestors linked blue sky with heaven.

The usage of blue is becoming more popular in the Christian season of Advent.

Traditional representations of the Madonna often show her in blue, perhaps for chastity.

Lord Krishna of the Hindu faith is blue.  Blue is also his color as Vishnu.

Blue means holiness when it appears in African Kente cloth, which originated in Ghana.

Pagan sky gods like Amun of ancient Egypt, the Greek Zeus and the Roman Jupiter are often represented by blue.

 

"Blue represented piety and sincerity in European heraldry: truth for the ancient Druids; mercy in the Kabbalah; and the Virgin Mary for Catholics.  And in voodoo, blue is for protection and peace."  Susan Sargent,  Susan Sargent's The Comfort of Color

  more quotations

 

PURPLE

Purple represents penance in the Roman Catholic Church.  It is worn for days of fasting and for Lent as well as Advent and Septuagesima.  It represents penitence.

The purple robes of Roman Catholic cardinals are a strong red with blue undertones.

 

ROSE

Roman Catholic priests sometime wear old rose near the end of Advent and the end of Lent to symbolize the coming seasons of rejoicing.

 

RED

Red is the color of blood and fire.  It can represent sacrifice and pain.

To the Cherokees, red is symbolic of victory.

The brides of India wear red to symbolize purity.

In Polynesia, red was associated with the ancient deities as well as the nobility.

In the Roman Catholic liturgy, red is worn in memory of Christ's Passion and on the feast days of the Apostles and the martyrs.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent societies provide aid to those in need.

 

"Mayan high priests wore red robes.  The pope wears red slippers, and red signifies fire, sacrifice, and charity in the Catholic Church.  In ancient Hebrew, the name of Adam - the first man, according to the Old Testament - means both "red" and "alive."  Susan Sargent,  Susan Sargent's The Comfort of Color   more quotations

 

BLACK

Black is the universal color of death and primordial darkness.  It can represent mourning and sin.

To Christians, black is the color associated with Good Friday, a day of mourning.

Christian and Moslem clergy wear black to represent renunciation of secular life.

The black goddesses of Hinduism, Durga and Kali, symbolize the duality of life and death.

 

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Book Review List

 

A lot has been written about color.  (We even catalog our handmade jewelry by color.)  However, most of the books I've been reading are concerned with scientific color theory, wardrobe or home design.  These are all interesting, but not relevant.  My quest for books on religion and color led to books on specific religions and books on symbolism.  Nancy

   

Symbols and Their Meanings by Jack Tresidder goes way beyond contemporary religious symbolism to present traditional symbols from many cultures and religions.  Since mainstream religions borrowed from man's primitive religious yearnings for unity and closeness to God, it's hard not to be interested in this subject. 

 

The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols by Miranda Bruce-Mitford catalogs thousands of symbols in color photos and illustrations.  It's very well done.

 

 

 
 

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