Can Black Or White Be Auspicious Or Inauspicious?

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Different cultures have different representation of colors; especially black or white. Let’s explore.

People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funereal. Indian babies are applied black dot on the forehead to protect them from evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the world, black and white cars sell the most.

Cult practices like applying black dot on the forehead still rule in India. Black cat is considered evil. This suggests that black isn’t a favorable color, or we can say it’s considered inauspicious. Then how come, black dress and black car is favored? Why is the hair black? Even the stone Lingam of Lord Shiva is black?

I have explained in my earlier blog post about the science and psychology of color. Color is purely based on perception and is pure physics. So, are colors; especially black or white, auspicious and inauspicious or is it in our mind? Is black and white good or bad, or is it in our distorted life values, our hypocrisy?

We give adjective to each and every creature and phenomenon in nature. We give adjectives to animals, and demean them. We give adjectives to time, duration of the day, and disrespect natural process. Is black or white the culprit or is it our dead conscience?

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Science And Psychology Of Color

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Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them. To see color, you have to have light. When light hits objects, some of the wavelengths are absorbed and some are reflected, depending on the materials in the object. The reflected wavelengths are what we perceive as the object’s color. The world is full of light. Visible light is made of seven wavelength groups. These are the colors you see in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet—VIBGYOR.

Color is all in the mind.

All light rays contain color. Light is made of electromagnetic waves. Different colors have different wavelengths, which is the distance between corresponding parts of two of the waves. The longest wavelength of light that humans can see is red. The shortest is violet. Ultraviolet has an even shorter wavelength, but humans cannot see it. Some birds and bees can see ultraviolet light. Infrared has a longer wavelength than red light, and humans can’t see this light but can feel the heat infrared generates.

Color is just a perception.

From the standpoint of physics, our perceptions are inherently false. What we see as a cell phone or a tiger are really just clouds of tiny particles held together by powerful electrical forces. But in spite of our disconnect from the true nature of reality, our perceptions are probably the most important condition of being alive. The magic of perception is that each person creates his or her own meaning through perception. And although our perception is personal, underlying much of it is a common thread that runs throughout humanity, and may also extend to other animals, as well.

Take the color red. Unless you are color blind, the wavelengths of light that correspond to what we perceive as red will produce similar effects on people. The power of red also extends to the realm of sexual attraction. So, our perceptions of red are more than a conscious acknowledgement of a color found on tomatoes or roses or blood. There’s a subtle—often unconscious—act of creation that occurs every time red flashes before our eyes.

The only information that our color vision can use as an input are essentially the three red, green and blue filtered black and white images that we see. The colors we see do not exist in the physical world, rather, the physical world only has light of different wavelengths.

Color psychology is the study of hues as a determinant of human behavior. It influences perceptions that are not obvious, such as the taste of food. It can also enhance the effectiveness of placebos. For example, red or orange pills are generally used as stimulants. It can indeed influence a person; however, it is important to remember that these effects differ between people. Factors such as gender, age, and culture can influence how an individual perceives color.

Colors have deep subliminal meanings that affect our thinking and rational. They have symbolic meaning that changes among different cultures and countries.

Color psychology is also widely used in marketing and branding. Many marketers see color as an important part of marketing because color can be used to influence consumers’ emotions and perceptions of goods and services. Companies also use color when deciding on brand logos. These logos seem to attract more customers when the color of the brand logo matches the personality of the goods or services. However, colors are not only important for logos and products, but also for window displays in stores. Research shows that warm colors tended to attract spontaneous purchasers, despite cooler colors being more favorable.