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Is Blue Far?
A Colours in Cultures diagram got me thinking. Some cross-cultural associations (weak in parens):
PINK: healthy, children, femininity, (erotic)
GREEN: life, nature, growth, eternity, religion, compassion, jealousy
WHITE: purity, luxury, trust, truce, peace, (death)
RED: heat, danger, anger, passion, success, excitement, desire, marriage, love, (erotic)
BLUE: cold, rational, art, gods, freedom, loyalty, unhappy, trouble
BLACK: evil, bad luck, self-cultivation, penance, style, authority, (death)
PURPLE: decadence, flamboyance, gratitude, wisdom, beauty, cruelty, mystery
YELLOW: illness, cowardice, deceit, fun, joy, repels evil, strength
BROWN: earthy, (reliable)
ORANGE: warmth, learning, (family, friendly, healing)
I couldn’t resist looking for concept-color schemes to explain these. After all, the concepts associated with key colors must be important concepts. My guesses:
PINK: healthy skin, esp. nipples/lips/genitals, = red + white = clean sex
GREEN: nature, nature spirits & their emotions
RED: fire/blood/blush, hot emotions, especially domination & sex
BLUE: sky/water, far objects & mental mode
BLACK: night/dark, bad/selfish
PURPLE: rare, = red+blue = far domination = high class/status?
YELLOW: urine/puss, sun = relaxed playful mood?
I’ve ordered the colors from easy to hard to interpret. Pink, green, and white seem pretty obvious. Red, blue, and black are less clear, but we seem to have a rough handle on them. Purple, yellow, orange, and brown seem hardest to understand.