Enquiry with regard to colour symbolism in Hindu Traditions

Klaus Karttunen klaus.karttunen at HELSINKI.FI
Tue Nov 2 09:11:21 EDT 2010


Dear Jonathan and others.

According to my notes Huizingas diss. was not on colours, but  De vidûsaka in het Indisch tooneel. 155 p. Groningen 1897.  
Other discussions of colours include:
FILLIOZAT, Jean: "Classement des couleurs et des lumières en sanscrit", Problèmes de la couleur. P. 1957, 303-308 (Laghuprabandha 185-190).
GRÖNBOLD, Günter: "Die Farbensymbolik in der buddhistischen Ikonographie", As.St./Ét.as. 32, 1978, 117-122. 
HOPKINS, Edward Washburn: “Words for Color in the Rig-Veda”, AJPh 4, 1883, 166-191. 
SIVAPRIYANANDA: "Colour symbolism and the ‘tri-guṇa’ concept", JOIB 38:1-2, 1988, 33-41.

Note further:
SCHWENTNER, Ernst: diss. Eine sprachgeschichtliche Untersuchung über den Gebrauch und die Bedeutung der altgermanischen Farbenzeichnungen. 1915.
SOLTA, G. R.: "Zum expressiven Charakter der indogermanischen Farbenbezeichnungen", AnzÖstAW 87, 1950, 40-52.
TIFFOU, Étienne & Yves-Ch. MORIN: “Étude sur les couleurs bourouchaski”, JA 270, 1982, 363-383.
WOOD, Francis Asbury: Color-names and their congeners. 1902 (Indo-European).

Best,
Klaus

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On Nov 1, 2010, at 8:26 PM, Jonathan Silk wrote:

> I do not have the reference to hand, but the famous Huizinga (known as a
> historian of Europe) wrote a thesis on varṇa in the sense of color,
> unfortunately in Dutch. Perhaps a translation project some day...
> 
> jonathan
> 
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Christophe Vielle <
> christophe.vielle at uclouvain.be> wrote:
> 
>> References in the Indology list-archives s.v. "colours"
>> http://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?S1=indology
>> (colours and 4 yugas, 4 var.nas, 9 rasas, etc.)
>> Best wishes,
>> Christophe Vielle
>> 
>> 
>> Am 01.11.2010 um 16:53 schrieb James Hegarty:
>>> 
>>>  An undergraduate student recently asked me about colour symbolism in
>>>> Hindu Traditions.
>>>> 
>>>> I realised very quickly that I knew very little about this.
>>>> 
>>>> Can anyone suggest readings (primary and secondary) on this topic?
>>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Here are two theses:
>>> 
>>> Jain, Narendra Kumar: Indian Colour Symbolism. Berlin, 1978
>>> Berlin, Techn. Univ., Diss., 1977
>>> 
>>> Slavik, Jan: Dance of Colours: Basic Patterns of Colour Symbolism in
>>> MahÇyÇna Buddhism. Göteborg: Göteborgs Etnografiska Museum, 1994.
>>> (Etnologiska studier, v. 41). ISBN 9187484080
>>> 
>>> University of Göteborg, Ph. D. Thesis, 1994
>>> 
>>> Besides these, many publications on iconography deal also with religious
>>> symbolism and will give lots of references in this respect.
>>> 
>>> Hope it helps
>>> Peter Wyzlic
>>> 
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