Brushed in Blue

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Colour blue.

Brushed In Blue

 

"Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!" covenanted captain Haddock, in the Adventures of Tintin.  Although this catchphrase was coined by Hergé with no apparent meaning, there’s absolutely no doubt in one’s mind that it categorically refers to something unimaginably blue. The colour blue has long been well-known for signifying calmness, trustworthiness and dependability. Over the centuries it has influenced several cultures, religions, languages, lifestyles and beliefs.  Blue has been a colour associated with royalty, peace, and nature. It is believed Earth itself looks like a big blue marble from the sky and even beyond.  Without a grain of doubt one can dare say that even Mother Nature herself bows to blue.

 

In astrology, planet Saturn is often linked to the colour blue. People who lean towards blue are considered to be thoughtful and prefer silent atmosphere. People who favor this colour are also considered highly passionate and sensitive by nature. The naturally occurring gemstone Blue Sapphire which is composed of aluminum oxide has long been fantasized by the Kings and the Queens for its celestial value. In some cultures it is also recommended to wear this beautiful blue stone studded in a gold ring to make way for imagination creativity and intuition. Blue moon in astrology also refers to two full moons occurring within the same month.

 

The world of business considers blue as particularly corporate. Blue is often associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and always held high as being institutionally correct. Infact a survey has shown blue to be the most preferred colour in the corporate world when it comes to attire.  Mainstream economics regards blue as a colour which has great value. ‘Blue chip’ companies are generally accepted as financially sound and well-established. Stocks of blue chip companies sell at a high price because of public confidence in its long record of steady earnings. They are often seen as performing even under adverse economic conditions. This term was inspired from the game of poker because blue chip is observed to be of extreme value. Social networking site Facebook lights up a billion pair of eyes with the colour blue. It has remained blue ever since its inception and promises to remain blue in the foreseeable future.

 

The vehicular language of English was not left unscathed by mighty blue. Every now and then the word ‘blue' seems to explode out of the mouth as an idiomatic expression conveying the importance of the word or event preceding or succeeding it. The phrase, ‘once in a blue moon’ may refer to "every now and then" or "rarely"—whether it gained that meaning through association with the lunar event remains debatable. ‘Out of the blue’, ‘blue-eyed boy’,’ between the devil and the deep blue sea’ are all such examples of influence blue has over the English language. Surely there must be countless other languages which share the same fate as English.

Blue has interestingly found its way in some of the most predominant religions of the world.  Artistic rendition of Virgin Mary is often depicted as wearing a blue mantle at least according to the Catholic faction.  Rev. Father Johann Roten in his research argued that Mary’s dark blue mantle, from about 500 AD is of Byzantine origin and is the color of an empress. So it made sense to portray Mary in blue as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. In Hinduism, colour blue represents bravery, manliness, determination and Depth of Character. Lord Rama and Krishna spent their lives protecting humanity and destroying evil, hence they were embodied in blue. According to Hindu Mythology, the all-powerful Lord Shiva, consumed poison and his wife Parvati pressed her hand on Shiva's throat to save the universe. As a result, the colour of Shiva's neck turned blue. For this reason, Lord Shiva is also referred to as Neelakanta (neela – blue, Kantha – Throat). The monotheistic religion of Islam pays no less tribute to the colour blue. It is regarded as a protective colour in Islam and hence some famous mosques in the Muslim world are covered in shades of blue. Islamic version of Paradise is thought to have an abundance of water represented in the form of blue. Colour blue also takes its rightful place in the Buddhist flag as (Nila) denoting kindness, peace and Universal compassion. 

 

Eventually, nature herself conceded defeat and quietly permitted ‘Blue’ to enter the big league. Nature had no option but to allow blue to be associated with everything big, mighty and expansive.  Examples of these claims are found in the mighty Blue Oceans, Big Blue Sky and even the Big Blue Whale. Science of colours will continue to influence mankind in some way or the other but none can get nearer to the colour blue.  Being such an immeasurable colour one wonders if God created the cosmos with a single stroke of his brush dipped in the colour blue? Probably something to ponder!  

 

Author – J Mathew


Submitted: November 17, 2014

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